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For immediate release: October 23, 2012
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Honors Montana CIO for Exceptional Service in State Government

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Tuesday, October 23 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recognizes Dick Clark, Montana’s chief information officer, with the association’s Meritorious Service Award. Clark was honored during a special ceremony last night at the NASCIO Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif.

To spotlight outstanding service, NASCIO created the Meritorious Service Award, honoring leadership in state government and dedication to the advancement of NASCIO's mission. The association’s achievements have largely been the product of the enthusiasm, focus and dedicated service of its members, and in turn, this commitment to excellence has served as a catalyst to redefine the role of technology at the federal, state and local levels.

Clark was hired by Governor Schweitzer on November 15, 2005, to be Montana’s second state CIO. He is responsible for establishing, approving, and enforcing statewide information technology architecture, policies and standards for the executive branch and for working closely with the Courts, Legislature and University system to coordinate IT in Montana. Clark is a highly active NASCIO member and has been on the Executive Committee since 2010. He belongs to several committees and work groups and has been a moderator and panelist since 2009.

“In Montana, we have a super highway of electronic communication and money in the bank,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Dick Clark has contributed to both with his steady hand on state-of-the-art IT applications and tight rein on costs. I would like to congratulate Dick on this award and thank him for his efforts on behalf of Montanans.”

“It is my honor to present Dick with this notable award,” said Dugan Petty, NASCIO president and chief information officer for Oregon. “Dick was challenged with overcoming historical barriers and, through demonstrating powerful policy collaboration and business case, proved to be a catalyst for cultural change.”

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

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Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156  

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