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The Blue & Gray Press | September 26, 2017

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After 11 Months, IT Exec Returns

Just weeks after the demotion and resignation of Khalil Yazdi, UMW announced Dana Byer German as the replacement vice president for Information Technologies and chief information officer.

German, who left her position in May 2009 after serving for 14 years as the executive director of Data Management and Information Systems, is returning to UMW, according to a press release sent yesterday by George Farrar.

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

German has 20 years of experience in the information technology field, as well as many years of experience at UMW.

“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 said in the press release.

The Bullet reported that Yazdi was investigated for not appropriately following Virginia laws when purchasing computer software.  Yazdi was demoted on Hurley’s first day as acting president, leaving the position open.  Yazdi then resigned a week later.

The allegations made against Yazdi through a state employee fraud, waste and abuse hotline were found to be substantial by UMW Director of Internal Audit Tera Kovanes, according to an audit report.

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