Steven Smith named Interim Vice President for Information Technology

University of Hawaiʻi
Lynne Waters, (808) 956-9803
Associate Vice President, External Affairs and University Relations
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications & Outreach, University of Hawaii Innovation Initiative
Posted: Aug 22, 2013

KĀNE‘OHE (August 22, 2013) – The University of Hawai‘i (UH) Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Steven (“Steve”) Smith as Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the UH System.  Smith will be serving in place of David Lassner, who will be assuming the Interim UH Presidency effective September 1, 2013.  Smith’s appointment will continue concurrently with Lassner’s interim assignment.


Lassner said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Steve’s knowledge and experience who is so able and willing to step right in.  He has been involved in all our major projects and can continue to advance our agenda to support and improve education, research and administration through the innovative use of information and communication technologies.”


Smith joined UH as Associate VP and Deputy CIO in June 2011.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Technology Officer for the 16-campus University of Alaska System.  He has over 25 years of progressively responsible professional and managerial experience in information technology, including various roles in the University of Alaska Fairbanks library.


Smith said, “As a proud UH graduate, I was delighted to be able to return to Hawaii from Alaska two years ago.  I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve UH and the entire State of Hawaii.”


Smith obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting/Film from the University of Iowa and his Master’s degree in Communications, with emphasis in telecommunications, from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  



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