Michael Fary


Mike currently is responsible for shepherding the enterprise data architecture vision, strategy, and principles at the University. His responsibilities include providing expertise on data quality, usage, and mapping, evaluating the use of data and relating data directly to the goals and practices of the institution, and facilitating an institutional data stewardship council which provides governance to data policy and process. Prior to assuming his current role, Mike was the Manager of the Database Group for 8 years, where he was responsible for a database administration staff that managed databases for University administrative and academic servers. He also was involved in application system selection and implementation. Prior to joining the University, Mike spent 10 years with the Walt Disney Company, where he performed advanced technology research, technical training, application development, and data modeling activities. Preceding Mike's stint with the Mouse, he did application development for a major plastics manufacturer and a steel company.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Data Protection Primer for Higher Education: Environmental Considerations, Culture, and Practices
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This paper defines data protection as “the principles and processes for protecting data from corruption, misapplication, compromise, misuse, and loss.” Data protection leverages evolving technology and emerging practices to focus on how to apply the three critical information security imperatives: confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

  • Establishing Data Stewardship Models
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This paper provides guidance on establishing a data stewardship program for administrative data. It clarifies the different types of data stewards and managers and their roles and responsibilities, where they reside in an organization, how they work with colleagues to ensure that the data are maintained, and what special skills or training are needed to meet both university responsibilities and best practices.

  • The Compelling Case for Data Governance
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    In higher education, data about students, employees, administrative and educational activities, and research are increasingly recognized as valuable assets that can be explored to reveal competitive advantages of cost savings, brand image, and improved service delivery.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Higher Education Chief Data Officers
    • Chair: 2017 - 2020
  • ECAR Data Curation Working Group
    • Chair: 2017 - 2019
    • Member: 2017 - 2019
  • ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure Group
    • Member: 2013,2016 - 2017
  • ECAR Data Protection Working Group
    • Member: 2015 - 2016
  • ECAR Working Groups Advisory Committee
    • Member: 2014 - 2016
  • ECAR Data Working Group
    • Chair: 2014 - 2016
    • Member: 2014 - 2016
  • ECAR Data Management Group
    • Member: 2013 - 2016
  • ACTI Data Management Working Group
    • Member: 2011 - 2013
  • ACTI Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group
    • Member: 2011 - 2013
  • Constituent Group Leaders
    • Member: 2006 - 2015