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Named IT Director

Dr. CrenshawMatthew Keeler would prefer that his work goes unnoticed ― sometimes.

“We’re trying to make IT invisible where it should be. Systems shouldn’t get in the way of the work,” he said.

However, Keeler also wants the IT team to be visible in other areas, such as when faculty and staff members need assistance with personal devices or help setting up complicated labs. He asserts there should always be someone available, eager to help in the IT office.

College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson recently named Keeler as the director of the CVM’s Information Technology Unit. Keeler has held the position on an interim basis for the past several months.
Keeler said his immediate goal is to continue the ongoing effort of prioritizing projects throughout the unit. He’s working to position the College to fulfill University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee’s call for enhanced sharing of services without compromising the quality of IT services in the CVM. He is also examining areas where IT is more complex than needed with an eye to simplifying those areas that he contends can be streamlined. Promoting teamwork and opportunities for professional growth among IT staff are also important components of Keeler’s strategy for providing the most effective return on the College’s IT investment.

Keeler, who was raised in the St. Louis area, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Missouri in 1995, which included work on computer-aided cattle breed management. After graduation, he took a field position in Maryland with Perdue Farms which led to designing a flock management database and computerized route management tools. He returned to MU as a research specialist at the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory where he had worked previously while a student attending MU. He went on to take a position as a system support analyst, also within the VMDL , working with the laboratory information system. That position led to his becoming a support system administrator for the CVM before being named interim CVM IT director, replacing previous director Zac March.

When he’s not occupied keeping the CVM information technology systems up and running, he and his wife, Rachel, a respiratory therapist at Boone Hospital Center, are busy raising their two children, a daughter, 10, and a son, 6. The Columbia resident also enjoys canoeing and is currently training with his sister for the Missouri River 340. The world’s longest non-stop river race pits individuals and teams of paddlers against each other for four days battling the elements and each other along the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles.

“Our goal is to make it farther than last year … hopefully to the finish,” he said.

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