Kathryn Gates


Kathy Gates served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Mississippi (UM) from 2006 until 2017 and currently has the title, CIO Emerita.  She served as the faculty director of the 2017 EDUCAUSE Leadership Institue.  Prior professional experiences include working as a software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories and as a technical consultant for the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research, as well as serving as the Director of Academic Computing (1998-2003) and Assistant Vice Chancellor (2003-2006) at UM. Gates received M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi. Major highlights at UM include serving as the North American pilot for SAP's student information system (Gates was project manager), hosting one of the 2008 presidential debates, working with colleagues in Mississippi to establish the Mississippi Optical Network (MissiON), and deploying a state-of-the-art mobile news app. The SAP project continues to yield positive benefits for UM through a high level of automation and the use of technologies such as workflow and digital imaging to enhance enterprise business processes. In December 2015, as part of its analytics initiative, UM implemented SAP's in-memory database known as HANA. Gates is involved in many initiatives related to technology and higher education. Current areas of interest include data mining, mobile computing, and Web applications that serve faculty and students. The underlying objective is always the same -- to advance the University's mission through smart, innovative use of technology.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Automation and the Well-Run University
    • Blog

    Much has been written on automating processes such as payroll and employee recruiting and onboarding. The real opportunities are in the automation of academic processes, to achieve a well-run university.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • EDUCAUSE Review Online Reviewers
    • Senior Reviewer: 2014 - 2017
    • Member: 2014 - 2017
  • Institute Leadership Program Faculty
    • Member: 2014 - 2017
  • EDUCAUSE/Jisc Working Group
    • Member: 2014 - 2015
  • Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Council 2014
    • Member: 2014
    • Chair: 2014
  • EDUCAUSE 2013 Program Committee
    • Member: 2011 - 2013
  • Advisory Group on Enterprise Information Systems and Service
    • Member: 2006 - 2010
    • Chair: 2008 - 2010
  • Enterprise 2009 Program Committee
    • Member: 2008 - 2009
  • Southeast Regional Conference 2007 Program Committee
    • Chair: 2006 - 2007
    • Member: 2006 - 2007
  • EDUCAUSE Quarterly Editorial Committees
    • Member: 2004 - 2007
  • Southeast Regional Conference Program Committee
    • Member: 2004 - 2005
  • SAC Program Committee
    • Member: 2002 - 2003