Interim UH President Scores 'F', Responsible for Data Breaches
SA: Lassner, 58, has worked at UH since 1977 in various technical and management roles that culminated with his creating and leading the university's first systemwide IT support organization. Since 2007 he has served as UH's first vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He previously was the first director of information technology services.
A native of Connecticut, Lassner received his doctorate in communication and information sciences from UH-Manoa in 1998. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign....
Lassner has also been criticized for large data breaches that have occurred at UH on his watch.
In 2010 the Washington, D.C.-based Liberty Coalition, a nonprofit civil liberties watchdog group, said more than half of the 479,000 Hawaii records breached since 2005 were those mishandled by UH. The group gave UH an "F" for privacy and data security.
Examples include the personal information of more than 40,000 alumni being inadvertently placed online between 1990 and 1998 by a faculty member who was conducting research. And between 1998 and 2009 more than 53,000 people who did business with the Manoa campus parking office had personal information compromised.
As a result, UH last year settled a class-action lawsuit that required the university to provide two years of credit monitoring and credit restoration services to those affected. Lassner, who was named in the suit, said at the time that UH "is also working diligently to significantly reduce the chance of future data breaches."
2010: FULL TEXT: Report on Hawaii Personal Information Breaches -- 479,000 victims in state
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VP Lassner to be appointed interim University of Hawaii President
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer David Lassner
News Release from Univ of Hawaii July 23, 2013
The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents has identified Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer David Lassner as Interim President of the university and will vote on the appointment at a special board meeting July 30, 2013. If approved, Lassner will step into the office effective September 1, 2013. The appointment will continue until a permanent president is selected.
Lassner has worked in successively more responsible technical, management and executive capacities for the university since 1977.
As Interim President, Lassner will earn an annual salary of $325,008, the same salary paid to Interim President David McClain when he was appointed in 2004. McClain served until 2009.
“The Board of Regents has complete confidence that Vice President Lassner will continue to move forward the agenda affirmed by the board, and to pave the way for the next permanent president of the university,” said Board Chair John Holzman. “It was a unanimous choice on the part of the board to post his appointment for public discussion and vote.”
“I am honored at the confidence and trust placed in me by the Board of Regents,” Lassner commented. “I look forward to working together with my colleagues throughout the UH System and with the community to advance our agenda to serve the people of Hawai‘i.” Lassner will not be available for media interviews until after the formal board vote on July 30.
Lassner has served as the university’s first Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2007 and leads the UH Information Technology Services unit. Prior to this role he served as the university’s first Chief Information Officer and first Director of Information Technology. He is currently a board member of EDUCAUSE and the Kuali Foundation, and previously served on the boards of Hawai‘i Public Television, the Hawai‘i High Technology Development Corporation and chaired the Hawai‘i Broadband Task Force. Lassner was reappointed this spring to another term on the State of Hawai‘i Information Technology Steering Committee by Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. In 2010 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i.