August R. Freda

Campus Data Steward, University of Notre Dame , Notre Dame , Indiana

Augie Freda is the Campus Data Steward at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since September 2013. He leads and facilitates, with leaders from across the university, efforts in both data stewardship and data governance to support of the university’s use of information assets to support data-driven decision making. During his tenure, he has documented and published metadata for over 1,000 data elements associated with all major subject areas, established a university-wide standard of guiding principles for classifying data based on sensitivity and access. refreshed University Policy to include expectations and requirements responsible use of information once access has been granted, designed and deployed a certification tool to ensure that users remain current on the policy and expectations, launched an initiative to document conceptual data models for institutional data and was awarded a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt for improving the acquisition of large-scale IT service projects.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Freda served 11 years as the Director of Development Research, leading a team in identifying donor prospects in preparation and execution of the successful $2.1 billion “Spirit of Notre Dame”. During that time he was awarded Notre Dame’s 2012 Presidential Award for Leadership. He has also served as director of corporate relations, also at Notre Dame, where he was responsible, at a national scope, for developing relationships with and developing gifts from corporations and their foundations.

Prior to returning to Notre Dame, Mr. Freda spent 17 years in the corporate world with Electronic Data Systems (EDS, now part of HP) in roles ranging from sales support, business process consulting, and account management and with General Motors in various process and manufacturing engineering roles. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in metallurgical engineering.