Laura McCain Patterson is the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan. Appointed to the role in March 2009, she is responsible for working with the campus community to develop the strategy for leveraging information technology to advance the goals of the university's three campuses and health system. Her charge also includes direct responsibility for shared infrastructure, communication systems, data centers, administrative information systems, academic technologies and IT security.
Patterson joined the University in 1993 as the University Registrar. In 1996, she assumed responsibility for the M-Pathways project, which included the implementation of multiple enterprise-wide resource planning systems across the university's core business areas.
Prior to joining U-M, Patterson was Registrar at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1982-1993. The former Franklin College of Indiana faculty member started her information technology career when she was appointed as Registrar and Director of Academic Advising at Franklin College of Indiana in 1982.
She holds bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University and completed graduate work in human learning and instructional design at the University of Minnesota. Patterson has many publications and has made numerous presentations at professional associations of student service providers, information technology professionals, and user groups. She is a Computer World Smithsonian Laureate and was named a Top Michigan Woman in Computing in 2005.
Patterson is very active in the national higher education arena and serves on the following boards and advisory committees:
Patterson and her husband, Rex, have three children. She is an avid runner and cyclist.