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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 27, 2015

Forums with vice president of information technology candidates set for Dec. 3, Dec. 8.

Northwest Missouri State University has announced on-campus interviews with two candidates who are finalists for its vice president of information technology role. 

The candidates, Robert Stewart and Farhat (Meena) Lakavani, will be on the campus Thursday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 8, respectively. Open forums with each candidate are scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in The Station Center Conference Room both days. All employees are invited to attend.

More information about the candidates is provided below. The individual selected to fill the role will succeed Rob Thomas Jr., who resigned earlier this fall due to personal reasons.

About Robert Stewart

Robert is an experienced information technology executive with 20 years of experience in operations management, project management, training, customer support, team building and strategic planning. He serves as an associate professor in the College of Health, Human Services and Science at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Previously, he served in interim roles as chief technology officer for the University of Wisconsin Health System; director of information technology and security officer for Ernest Health Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and chief information officer and director of technology at University of New Mexico Medical Group in Albuquerque. He holds multiple degrees from A.T. Still University, Loyola University Chicago, Ball State University, Ashford University and California University as well as a master’s certificate in project management from Villanova University.

About Farhat (Meena) Lakavani

Meena has extensive executive experience in higher education and is a recognized leader in strategic planning, collaboration and partnerships in a research university environment. She is self-employed as a management consultant in information technology and services. Previously, she served 28 years in varied roles at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, including as executive director of information and computing for the Tepper School of Business, director of user and educational services in Computing Services and most recently as director of academic technology services strategy in Computing Services. She holds degrees from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Canada; Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan; and University of Pittsburgh.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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