Dr. Mike Carlin has worked in the higher education IT community for more than 20 years and has a wide range of professional interests including cloud computing, federated identity management, and policy development. He joined UNC Charlotte as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2013, leading a remarkable team of people tasked with operating and enhancing the University’s IT environment. He is responsible for ITS strategic planning as well as operations, budgeting, policy development, and overall vision. During his time at UNC Charlotte, he has spearheaded a number of campus-wide initiatives.
In addition to his role as Vice Chancellor and CIO, Dr. Carlin is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing and Informatics and an active member of Educause as a presenter, committee member, and mentor. His education and career began at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and continued for over 22 years. Dr. Carlin earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems while there, conducting doctoral research of guidelines that would aid in the successful development of cross-cultural e-commerce sites between China and the United States. He also grew his career at UMBC while serving in several different IT roles, including Deputy CIO.
Dr. Carlin resides in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and fellow UMBC alumna, Dr. Cherisse Carlin, who earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture and their two children.