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Bates selected to direct Appalachian’s informational technology resources and services

cbates_t.jpgBOONE—Cathy Bates, university information security officer at the University of Arizona, has been named associate vice chancellor and chief information officer (CIO) at Appalachian State University. Bates will manage the university’s informational technology resources and services. She will begin her new duties at Appalachian on Aug. 27.

Bates has more than 15 years of experience managing university computer operations and information technology. While at the University of Arizona, Bates was a member of the CIO leadership team, serving as university information security officer for two years and senior director of enterprise applications for two years. She also served as assistant director of information technology services (ITS) for the university’s financial services office.

Bates also has held ITS positions at Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire.

“Appalachian is fortunate to have recruited Cathy Bates for this critical leadership position,” said Dr. Lori Gonzalez, provost and executive vice chancellor. “She will be charged with integrating all aspects of technology across the entire institution. Her style and collaborative spirit will serve her well.”

Bates will report to Gonzalez and will work with the university community to develop and implement strategic IT plans and manage key campus IT resources and services. She also will provide leadership for developing, coordinating and using technology to enable essential innovation in research, learning and administrative processes.

“Appalachian is a special place and the people that I have met so far are knowledgeable, caring and a wonderful resource for the university,” Bates said.  “I am looking forward to working with everyone on strategic directions for technology and finding ways to really make a difference for students, faculty and staff members.”

Bates has a M.Ed. in leadership and technology and a B.S. in applied computer science from Plymouth State University.