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David Lassner
Vice President for Information Technology &
Chief Information Officer
University of Hawaii

David Lassner was appointed interim University of Hawai‘i president effective September 1, 2013.

David Lassner serves as the University of Hawaii's first Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In that capacity he has been responsible for designing, implementing and directing a new integrated organization to support academic computing, administrative computing, distributed learning technologies and voice, data and video telecommunications. Under his leadership, Information Technology Services (ITS) provides campuswide technology support for Hawaii's flagship research university, UH-Manoa, and addresses the statewide needs of the University of Hawai‘i System, which provides all public higher education in Hawaii through its 10 campuses and 5 education centers on 6 islands. 

Since joining the University of Hawai‘i in 1977, Lassner has held a series of progressively more responsible technical, management and executive positions supporting the broad use of information technologies across the full mission of the university throughout the State.  David is also a member of the University's Cooperating Graduate Faculty and has taught, both in-person and on-line, in the UH Department of Information & Computer Science, the College of Business Administration, the School of Communication and the College of Education as well as at Roosevelt University.  Lassner has also served on the faculty of management institutes for IT leaders nationally and internationally. Prior to joining the University of Hawai‘i, David worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student programmer on courseware development teams working with the PLATO system at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory.

Lassner plays an active leadership role in a number of local, national and international organizations. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Kuali Foundation, the first community/open source project in higher education to address administrative information systems, and EDUCAUSE, the premiere organization for information technology in higher education, where he is a past chair. Lassner is also a past-chair of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), and has also served on the board of Internet2 and coordinated a variety of education projects for the Internet Society internationally. Locally, he has served on the Boards of Hawai‘i Public Television, the Hawai‘i High Technology Development Corporation where he chaired the Federal Relations Committee, and he chaired the Hawai‘i Broadband Task Force. Lassner was recently reappointed to the State of Hawai‘i Information Technology Steering Committee. Lassner has been recognized for his contributions by WCET with the Richard Jonsen Award and by Internet2 with the Richard Rose Award.

Lassner serves as principal investigator (PI) for Maui High Performance Computing Center and for the Pacific Disaster Center. He has been an active National Science Foundation PI for almost 20 years, leading projects beginning with the Hawai‘i Education and Research Network (HERN), a demonstration project to apply networking technologies in K12 and higher education in the 1990s.  HERN was followed by major networking projects to keep Hawai‘i connected to its national and global counterparts, collaborative international networking initiatives, and outreach into the Pacific Islands. Lassner is also PI for several major Department of Commerce projects that are bringing fiber optic cabling and gigabit speed networks to public schools, public libraries and UH sites throughout the Hawai‘i and supporting public access to broadband at public centers on all islands. The extramural funding productivity of Lassner and his teams at the University of Hawai‘i  exceeds $300m.  Lassner has written two book chapters and speaks frequently to local, national and international audiences. 

Lassner holds an AB summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in economics, and an MS in computer science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He earned a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i.


David Lassner

University of Hawaii

+1 808 956-3501 (tel)

2444 Dole St.

+1 808 956-5025 (fax)

Honolulu, HI 96822