Lassner supports UH Information Technology

University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner has made a $76,000 gift to support the University of Hawai‘i System Information Technology Services. The UH Information Technology Center opened in February 2014 and houses enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that support modern teaching, administration and research for all 10 UH campuses statewide.

Highlights of the Building Include:

  • Disaster-hardened, 8,000-square-foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications, designed to withstand category 3 hurricanes
  • High-quality space for faculty to develop digital content
  • Meeting and training rooms with teleconferencing capabilities
  • An emergency situation room to support UH disaster response
  • Pursuing LEED Gold certification.  The Information Technology Center uses energy efficient chilled beams for cooling in office areas and incorporates other “green” features.

David Lassner was appointed University of Hawai‘i president effective July 1, 2014. Before that appointment he served as interim president from Sept. 1, 2013. He has worked at the university since 1977, and was most recently its vice president for information technology and chief information officer. A UH alumnus, Lassner earned an AB in economics summa cum laude and MS in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i.

In his prior positions Lassner played an active leadership role in a variety of local, national and international information and communications technology organizations. He served on the boards of Hawai‘i’s High Technology Development Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service affiliate and he chaired the state’s Broadband Task Force. Lassner also served on the board of Internet2 and was a co-founder and board member of the Kuali Foundation, a founding steering committee member and past-chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) cooperative and past-chair of the board of EDUCAUSE, the major professional association for information technology in higher education.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support UH System Information Technology Services please visit or contact Terri Alvaro at or 808-956-8874.

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Provided by: Margot Schrire, Director of Communications, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation

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