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Dr. Jason Nairn

Vice President, Information Technology and Security

Dr. Jason Nairn provides day-to-day operational oversight of the Collegis security and asset management team, which supports the entire Collegis partnership portfolio. Additionally, he acts as virtual CIO for several of Collegis’s partners. Dr. Nairn’s priorities include maximizing the effectiveness of technologies to enhance teaching, learning and business outcomes as well as fostering satisfying technology relationships with students, faculty and staff. Further, he provides leadership on the critical importance of maintaining the security and integration of institutional data.

Prior to joining the Collegis team, Dr. Nairn spent six years as a course designer, associate professor and chief information officer at Concordia University – Portland. He also enjoyed a 14-year career at the State of Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget, serving as the director of infrastructure protection.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from your long-term career experience?
Maintain what you have before you buy what you saw at the conference.

Name three words that describe your approach to being a leader at Collegis.
Team, partner, student

What do your Saturday afternoons look like?
I am a rare and antiquarian book dealer and collector. Most of my spare time involves finding, collecting, repairing and selling old books.

EDUCATION

Master’s in Security Studies
Naval Postgraduate School

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration
Concordia University – Portland

Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) certification

“I have a real passion for good governance in higher education, solid frameworks based on best practices, and the art of maintenance.”

– Dr. Jason Nairn

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