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Michael Hager named UNI vice president for administration and financial services

January 17, 2012

Benjamin Allen, UNI president, 319-273-2566,

Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michael Hager has been named vice president for administration and financial services at the University of Northern Iowa, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Hager is currently the assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of residence at UNI. He will assume his new duties on Jan. 23.

Michael Hager

"The university is committed to providing our students, faculty and staff high quality programs and learning environments in these challenging economic times," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Michael is a visionary and strategic thinker, who will provide strong leadership and counsel. I look forward to working with Michael and his division."

Hager is completing his Doctor of Business Administration at St. Ambrose University. He holds an MBA from the University of Dubuque and B.A. from UNI. Hager has worked in higher education since 1988 and in his current role at UNI since 2008. He has provided leadership to UNI's housing systems, dining operations and retail stores. He has a strong background in the development of complex budgeting systems, long range strategic planning, facilities planning and construction and sustainability initiatives. Prior to coming to UNI, he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The vice president for administration and financial services is a member of the president's cabinet. The vice president operates as the chief business and financial officer, provides executive leadership for the university's financial administrative operations, formulates and implements administrative and fiscal policies, provides counsel on resource allocation and sustainability initiatives and oversees facilities, building and safety operations.

He replaces Jan Hanish, who has served as interim vice president since August 2011. Hanish will return to her university position as assistant vice president for outreach and special programs.