June 21, 2013

University Communications

SLU Names New VP and Chief Information Officer

David Hakanson is currently serving as the chief information officer of Samford University. In related news, Keith Hacke has been promoted to AVP and chief technology officer.

David Hankanson
David Hakanson. Submitted photo

Saint Louis University has appointed David Hakanson as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. His appointment, which follows a national search by a committee of faculty, staff and students, is effective July 22.

At SLU, Hakanson will be a member of the President's Coordinating Council and will report to David Heimburger, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Currently, Hakanson is the Chief Information Officer at Samford University, a nationally ranked private Christian university in Birmingham, Ala.

He brings more than 15 years of information technology experience - including executive leadership, project management and staff development - to his new leadership role at SLU.

"Information technology plays a critical role in supporting SLU's academic and research enterprise," Heimburger said. "David Hakanson is a forward-thinking and collaborative leader who will work closely with the University community to ensure that ITS continues to meet the needs of campus constituents."

At Samford, Hakanson implemented numerous technology improvements and new services to better support the university's eight academic units and numerous administrative divisions and departments.

As CIO, Hakanson also developed Samford's first strategic technology plan. Additionally, he worked to enhance communication from the university's IT department by holding open forums every semester and releasing an annual customer feedback survey, among other efforts.

Under his leadership, Samford has also made numerous advances in supporting mobile devices and access to services on personal devices, including deploying its first mobile application two years ago.

Hakanson got his start in higher education working as a systems administrator at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Since then, he has worked with nearly every aspect of information technology and at all levels of leadership.

His move to Saint Louis University isn't Hakanson's first brush with Jesuit education either. Earlier in his career, he served as a technology director at Saint Peter's University in New Jersey.

On his return to Jesuit higher education, Hakanson said he was honored to be selected for the VP role, adding that SLU's faith-based mission was one of the major factors that drew him to the position.

"I look forward to working with members of the Information Technology Services Division, University leadership and colleagues across the University," he said. "My goal is to provide leadership that will help the University navigate the ever-changing technology landscape and to utilize technology strategically as a way to differentiate SLU."

A Missouri native, Hakanson earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Mizzou and his MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

Hacke Appointed AVP and Chief Technology Officer

Keith Hacke, a veteran administrator with more than eight years of service at SLU, has been appointed associate vice president and chief technology officer. He had served as interim vice president since December 2011.

"I would like to thank Keith for his outstanding service in leading the Information Technology Services Division during this transition," Heimburger said. "During his tenure, Keith has been noted as an effective, strategic and collaborative leader. I know he will continue to provide excellent leadership in this new role."

Among many other responsibilities, the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer oversees the development and implementation of IT initiatives and projects. In this role, Hacke will also direct all activities and operations of the Advanced Technology Group.

Hacke joined the University in 2005. His many accomplishments at SLU include moving the University into a new era of communication with the transition to Google Apps and managing the infrastructure portion of SLUCare's deployment of Electronic Health Records.

Prior to joining Saint Louis University, Hacke was an associate vice president at A.G. Edwards, where he worked for 11 years. He also served as director of networking services at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hacke earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is an adjunct instructor in SLU's School for Professional Studies.

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