Earlham College has appointed a new leader for its information technology operations.
Mike Bottorff comes to Earlham with more than 15 years of experience leading IT systems at public school corporations across Indiana and as a consultant on the West Coast. He began his duties as associate vice president of information technology services this week.
For the last five years, Bottorff was the chief technology officer for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis. Under his leadership, the school district ensured that every student had sufficient technology, Internet access and digital content to learn both virtually and in person. He led implementation of new security protocols and end-user training to better safeguard the organization’s network and data. His team also deployed industry-leading software solutions to improve external communications, support operations and data analytics.
He has held other leadership roles for Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation in Trafalgar, Indiana, and Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Indiana. Prior to his career in K-12 education, Bottorff was a senior consultant for Pacific Technologies in Bellevue, Washington. He also has experience in classroom teaching, audio/video production, retail sales, market research and small business ownership.
“Mike has had a distinguished career in information technology and brings a passion for helping organizations work smarter and safer,” said Stacy Lutz Davidson, Earlham senior vice president of finance and administration. “I look forward to working closely with him to ensure continuity in our operations while maintaining a cutting-edge infrastructure that can support the world-class education we are known for.”
A Richmond native and a 1996 graduate of Richmond High School, Bottorff is already familiar with Earlham.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to return to my hometown and help Earlham College provide students with an education for good,” Bottorff said. “I enjoy facilitating technology initiatives and providing strategic guidance to help organizations, particularly educational institutions, better utilize technology.
“I approach problems collaboratively and devise straightforward solutions based on solid qualitative and quantitative evidence,” he said. “I look forward to helping Earlham College optimize technology use across the organization.”
Bottorff earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Teaching with a computer endorsement from Purdue University. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance in 2007 from the University of Washington.