Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-01-04

Samford University has announced several new additions to its staff, and new titles and responsibilities for other employees.

New faces on the campus in 2011 include David Hakanson, chief information officer (CIO); Kimberly H. Cripps, associate director of annual giving; and  Kelia Furr, associate director of parents programs.

Veteran employees with newly expanded roles include Harold Goss, chair of reference for the Samford library; and Lisa Imbragulio, director of investments and legal services.

Hakanson joins the Samford administration from CampusWorks, Inc., an information technology management company with which he was most recently CIO at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Ariz.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master of business administration degree, both from the University of Missouri.

At Samford, Hakanson will orchestrate, implement and monitor all phases of information technology administration, including infrastructures, applications, support systems and disaster recovery readiness. He will also develop long term IT strategies.

Cripps will have primary responsibilities for Samford’s reunion giving campaigns, the Samford for Life philanthropy awareness program, and electronic solicitations, including maintenance of the online giving pages.   A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, Cripps was most recently special events manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham.

Furr will serve as a direct link between Samford and parents in areas of outreach and engagement. She will work closely with Samford’s offices of admission and annual giving to achieve enrollment and fundraising goals.  A business graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Furr holds a master’s in organizational communication from Queens University of Charlotte, where she was most recently associate director of graduate admissions at Queens' McColl School of Business.

Goss has been Samford library’s reference and instruction librarian since 2007. In his new role, Goss will manage reference collection development, interlibrary loan functions and services, library instruction, departmental outreach and online resource maintenance, and government documents repository activities.

Goss holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University. He is moderator-elect for the Alabama Library Instruction Round Table.

Imbragulio, an attorney and certified public accountant, joined the Samford administration as director of investments in 2002. Her new responsibilities for the day-today legal matters of the university include the review of contracts, agreements and other general legal matters. She also coordinates the engagement and assignment of legal work to the university’s outside legal counsel.

Prior to joining Samford, Imbragulio practiced corporate, tax and securities law in private law firms. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.