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Former UMW official returns
Top IT official to return to UMW


Date published: 4/23/2010

BY JEFF BRANSCOME

A senior information-technology administrator who left the University of Mary Washington almost a year ago is returning in June to run the school's IT department.

Dana Byer German, who was Mary Washington's executive director of data management and director of information systems for 14 years, has been named vice president for information technologies and chief information officer.

She's replacing Khalil Yazdi, who resigned this month shortly after acting President Rick Hurley demoted him. German will make $150,000 annually--$35,000 less than Yazdi--and will serve on Hurley's executive cabinet.

A university press release called German a "well-known and highly respected figure at Mary Washington."

"These are exciting and promising days in the life of the university," German said in a statement. "I feel privileged to be returning to Mary Washington, and I look forward to working with the many wonderful people that make the university such a special place."

German was one of 15 IT employees who resigned during Yazdi's tenure. She became director of administrative computing at West Chester University in Pennsylvania after leaving UMW in May 2009.

"We could not have found a better candidate for this key position," Hurley said in a statement. "Dana has the technical expertise, management skills and in-depth knowledge of the university and our people. I am delighted that she will rejoin our faculty staff."

Hurley becomes UMW's ninth president after outgoing President Judy Hample's three-month sabbatical ends June 30.

After Yazdi's demotion, Hurley announced that Nina Mikhalevsky would take over the top IT job on an interim basis. Mikhalevsky will resume her duties as professor of philosophy after German's arrival, spokesman George Farrar said.

Yazdi was recently the subject of a state investigation resulting from a complaint to the Employee Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hot Line. UMW Director of Internal Audit Tera Kovanes substantiated the allegation and said Yazdi "inappropriately authorized" the purchase of computer software without soliciting other bids.

Yazdi, whose contract was set to expire at the end of June, received a $73,160 settlement, Farrar said. He wouldn't discuss the reason for the settlement.

Hample offered Yazdi his original job in 2008 and reappointed him for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com