Ardoth A. Hassler

Hall of Fame

Ardoth A. Hassler earned a B.S. in mathematics from OSU, followed by a Master of Science in biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She began her career as a scientific programmer and during the next 45 years, she was a leader in computing and information technology in higher education.

During her career, Hassler had broad responsibilities relating to academic computing, support for research and user services, policy, planning and budget, information security and information systems, and headed institutional research. An Oklahoma City native, she worked at the OUHSC and the now University of Central Oklahoma. Hassler moved to Maryland in 1979 to serve as the head of computing at The Catholic University of America. She moved to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1995 and retired from there as the associate vice president for university information foundation as senior IT adviser. Her work included establishing cybersecurity best practices for large research facilities.

Hassler was a long-time member of the America Statistical Association and the Association for Computing Machinery, which she joined as an OSU student. She has over 75 presentations and publications and served on the boards of the InCommon Federation, Seminars in Academic Computing and more. She also led and/or participated on committees for EDUCAUSE, Internet2, SAC, ACM Special Interest Groups and the National Science Foundation Annual Cybersecurity Summit.

In retirement, Hassler enjoys choral singing, quilting, volunteer work, traveling and hiking with her husband, James M. Short. She makes and donates Quilts of Valor and Quilts for Kids annually. Hassler and Jim have one son, Kyle Hassler Short.