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Student information security officer appointed

Dec. 15, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has appointed an officer to oversee student information security as mandated by federal law.

Acting at its Dec. 12 meeting, the board appointed Dr. Keith Hearit, interim vice provost for enrollment management and Lee Honors College dean, as the University's security officer as required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The act requires universities to appoint an officer responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive information security program to protect against possible threats or hazards to the security and integrity of student information. The officer also must monitor compliance with the act and provide an annual review of efforts to meet the bill's requirements.

Hearit will serve as the student information security officer until a permanent appointment is made to fill the position of vice provost for enrollment management.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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