Saint Louis University has appointed Keith Hacke, director of the Advanced Technology Group, interim vice president and chief information officer. The appointment is effective immediately.
Hacke has nearly 20 years of senior-level leadership experience in the field of information technology. He joined the University in 2005, and during his tenure has been noted as an effective, strategic and collaborative leader
"Given his experience and expertise, I am confident that Keith will do an excellent job leading the Division of Information Technology Services during this period of transition," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J.
Among Hacke's many accomplishments at SLU, he helped lead the University into a new era of communication with the University's move to Google Apps. Hacke also managed the infrastructure portion of SLUCare's deployment of Electronic Health Records.
Hacke is an adjunct professor in the School for Professional Studies, where he also serves on the curriculum committee for the computer science technology degree program.
Prior to joining SLU, Hacke was an assistant 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, formerly known as the University of Missouri-Rolla.
A national search for the VP/CIO position will begin in the spring.
ITS Moves to Academic Affairs
With the appointment announcement comes news that the ITS division now reports to Manoj Patankar, Ph.D., vice-president for academic affairs. (Patankar has a Ph.D. in computing technology in education.) The shift was approved by the University's Board of Trustees Dec. 10 and is effective immediately.
"As we strive to advance the University, it is essential that our ITS operations support our mission of education, research, health care and service as effectively as possible," Biondi said. "I believe this strategic realignment will do just that."