Kathryn Gates


Kathy Gates has served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Mississippi (UM) since February 2006. 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.

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EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • EDUCAUSE 2016 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2016 - 2016
  • EDUCAUSE 2015 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2015 - 2015
  • EDUCAUSE Review Online Reviewers
    • Adhoc Group, 2014 - 2017
  • EDUCAUSE Review Online Reviewers
    • Adhoc Group, 2014 - 2017
  • Institute Leadership Program Faculty
    • PROGRAM, 2014 - 2017