Cole is a managing director within the Higher Education sector at Deloitte Services LP. He has more than 30 years global experience engaging with education and non-profit research organizations, with a focus on the enabling capabilities of technology within the unique culture and context of education and research. In his current role, Cole engages with the higher education community on issues ranging from cost and revenue challenges, administrative modernization, technology transformation, Future of Work, hybrid and online modalities, enterprise risk and resiliency, and the student experience.
Cole has participated in research and co-authored several monographs on leadership development and transformation in higher education, including Pathways to the university presidency, Future(s) of public higher education, and The hybrid campus – three major shifts for the post-COVID university.
Prior to Deloitte, Cole served as Global Vice President for Education and Research at Oracle Corporation, serving clients across the major functional areas of the academic enterprise, including student lifecycle, HR, and finance. He has also held a variety of education-focused roles with Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Apple, Inc.
In addition to the core business functions of the institution, he has experience in areas of the “front office” of higher education including research administration, student engagement, recruitment and retention, and student success. Cole serves on the corporate advisory committee for EDUCAUSE and on the board of trustees of Western Governors University and the Corporation of the Western Governors.