The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind's finance boss is going to be the new state associate superintendent over business services, the State Office of Education announced Thursday.

Todd Hauber, 41, replaces Patrick Ogden, who resigned Oct. 31.

"I expect a great opportunity to work with (State) Superintendent (of Public Instruction) Patti Harrington and help her complete some of the visions she has for the schools in the state of Utah," the Magna resident said. "The first order of business will be to get ready for the Legislative session."

The 2008 Legislature, where the schools' $3 billion budget is hammered out, begins Jan. 21 — two weeks after Hauber starts his new job.

"It is bearing down on us; it's important we have someone that understands how the session runs, and the trigger points, the places to really (concentrate)," said Harrington. "He'll come by that naturally. I've watched him present to the Legislature. ... He'll be a good voice for the agency."

Hauber has worked in state government for 13 years. He was a policy fiscal analyst for the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget during the Leavitt administration, and was finance director for the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development, a post he held during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He has been the finance director for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind for 2 1/2 years.

"He has a tremendous track record," Harrington said. "Every reference I called raved about Todd. I think he has an abundance of skills to bring to the job."