Office of the CIO

About the CIO, Mike Erickson

Mike Erickson became Chief Information Officer at Colorado School of Mines in September, 2014. As the Chief Information Officer, he leads the central IT organization of Information & Technology Solutions (ITS). ITS has responsibility for university-wide academic, administrative, and research technology services and support. The mission of ITS is to empower the university and its faculty, staff, and students in the university’s mission of Teaching and Learning, Research, and Service.

Erickson strongly advocates for an active and engaged partnership between the IT organization and university community as a means to identifying and implementing technology solutions for the benefit of the university community.

Erickson is also involved professionally in external organizations that support higher education and support. He is serving or has served on Internet2 task forces, including a Membership Task Force in 2016 and an ongoing Task Force for Industry Engagement. He is the project sponsor of Mines participation in the Trust & Identity (TIER) Campus Success Program. He is also extensively involved in EDUCAUSE, recently serving on the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee, and prior to that the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable, as Chair of the Core Committee of EDUCAUSE Connect 2014, chair of the program committee of the West-Southwest Regional Conference in 2013, and has presented at both regional and annual conferences.

Prior to serving at Mines, Mike was Associate Vice President for Information Technology / CIO at Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), from 2008-2014. He is a 2005 graduate of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and the inaugural 2013 Leading Change Institute (formerly Frye Institute). Previous to his tenure at Emporia State University, Erickson was the Assistant Director for University Computing and Telecommunications Services at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS) with responsibility for Technical Services and Operations. Erickson has a B.S. and M.S in Computer Science from Wichita State University with a breadth of areas of emphasis including Electrical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning.

Key Initiatives

Strategic Planning Initiative

A diverse, institution-wide team is currently developing a new Strategic Vision for Information Technology at Mines. The effort began in September, 2017 and is expected to be completed in April, 2018. Outcomes of the strategic planning effort will include

  • A Strategic Vision for Technology at Mines
  • A Strategic Plan aligned with and in support of the Strategic Vision and Mines@150 strategic initiatives and outlining the role of ITS in leading campus technology efforts.
  • A Technologies Plan
  • A Technology Infrastructure Master Plan
  • Annual Operational Plans that will support achievement of the IT Strategic Plan

More information on the Strategic Planning Effort can be found at

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Identity and Access Management

Identity and Access Management, including the TIER Campus Success Program

Expansion of Research and Support Services

Expansion of Research Support and Services, including Cyber-infrastructure and liaison services

Technology Projects

ITS facilitates numerous Information Technology projects to support academic technologies to support teaching and learning, administrative technologies to support business operations, and research technologies to support Mines researchers. Mines follows a best-practice project management approach in leading technology projects across the campus. More information about project management and the project portfolio at mines can be found at

IT Governance

The Information Technology Governance structure is an important component in ensuring bi-directional communication regarding technology initiatives, projects, and desires. More information on Mines IT Governance structure can be found at

Technology Fee

ITS provides facilitation and oversight of the Campus Technology Fee. This student fee is leveraged in support of teaching and learning technologies to support the student academic experience. More information regarding Tech Fee can be found at