January 10, 2017

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Office of Information Technology

5 State IT Leaders Detail Their Path to the CIO's Office

In 2011, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley asked Joanne Hale, a professor of management information systems at the University of Alabama, to serve on a commission focused on improving state government IT resource utilization. Among other things, the commission recommended that the CIO position be made part of the governor’s cabinet. “Previously IT was buried several levels down in the state government, which meant that despite all the best efforts and intentions, IT-related issues were rarely discussed around the cabinet table,” Hale recalled.

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