ITS Leadership

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Travis Nation

B.S., Business Administration from University of Wyoming
M.B.A., Information Technology Management from Southern New Hampshire University

Chief Information Officer, Vice President for Information Technology

Phone: 206-296-2002

Travis Nation serves as Seattle University’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.  Travis is charged with the creation of IT initiatives that align with Seattle University’s Strategic Directions, institutional culture, and long-term goals. Travis provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, secure, and robust information technology environment throughout the University. 

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Kartika Garg

M.H.A., Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur India

Director of Customer Experience

Phone: 206.296.2427

As the Director of Customer Experience, Kartika is dedicated to enhancing customer experience through strategic planning, innovative solutions and has a deep understanding of customer needs. Kartika oversees the Service Desk, Classroom & Event Services, Endpoint Management, Labs, and Tech Purchasing. Before moving to Seattle, she practiced as a licensed dentist in India. In her free time, Kartika enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, travelling, and kayaking.

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Heather Geiger

B.A., English from Mount Holyoke College

Director of IT Administration

Phone: 206-296-5832

As Director of IT Administration, Heather oversees budgeting and financial planning in IT Services. Previously at Seattle University, she worked in the offices of the Provost, University Planning, and Chief Financial Officer. When she lived in Boston, she worked at Whitehead Institute, a biomedical research institute associated with MIT.

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MK Smith

B.A., History from University of Chicago

Associate Vice President and Director of Application Services

Phone: 206-296-5549

MK leads the Application Services team focused on implementing and supporting the university’s enterprise systems and data integrations. Before joining Seattle University in 2015, MK worked in IT roles at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Mississippi and had stints as a video producer and museum educator. MK enjoys traveling, bird watching, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and corgi.

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Jerry Vergeront

J.D., Seattle University

Associate Vice President and Information Security Officer

Phone: 206-296-5607

Jerry Vergeront came to Seattle University with a blend of legal and cybersecurity expertise.  Prior to joining Seattle University, Jerry cultivated his skills through a successful private law practice, specializing in cybersecurity law. His career trajectory includes pivotal roles in IT security at prominent organizations such as Starbucks, Anitian Enterprise Security, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Premera Blue Cross. Jerry's commitment to security and compliance practices is underscored by his pro-bono legal work, dedicated to serving his community. He holds esteemed certifications including CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor).

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Mark Young

B.S., Chemistry from University of Virginia
Ph.D., Chemistry from Penn State University

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Phone: 206-296-2146

Mark has worked in higher education all of his adult life, first as a scientist and educator at the University of Oregon, then as a technologist in various roles. Prior to coming to Seattle U, Mark was Director of Network and Servers at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. As Enterprise Architect, his role is to document, design, and help deploy information technology transitions and operations. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife. Time permitting, he also has at various times enjoyed travel, woodworking, nature, movies, reading, and playing guitars.