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

  • 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.

  • Research Data Storage: A Framework for Success
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    The ECAR Data Management Working Group (ECAR-DM) has created a framework for research data storage as an aid for higher education institutions establishing and evaluating their institution’s research data storage efforts.

  • Establishing a Data Management Plan Consulting Group on Campus
    • Article

    Higher education institutions that create an internal consulting service to develop data management plans can assist researchers in crafting such plans for their grant proposals — as required by a number of federal funding agencies.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ECAR Subscriber
ELI Member

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure Group
    • ECAR, 2016 - 2019
  • ECAR Data Protection Working Group
    • ECAR, 2015 - 2018
  • ECAR Working Groups Advisory Committee
    • ECAR, 2014 - 2016
  • ECAR Data Working Group
    • HISTORIC, 2014 - 2016
  • ECAR Data Working Group
    • HISTORIC, 2014 - 2016