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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recognized Stu Davis, past NASCIO president and chief information officer (CIO) for the state of Ohio, with the association's Meritorious Service Award. Davis was honored during a special ceremony Monday evening at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando.
To spotlight outstanding service, NASCIO created the Meritorious Service Award, honoring leadership in state government and dedication to the advancement of NASCIO's mission. NASCIO's achievements have largely been the product of the enthusiasm, focus and service of its members; this commitment to excellence has served as a catalyst to redefine the role of technology at the federal, state and local levels.
"Stu is the embodiment of true leadership, vision and service and I cannot think of anyone more deserving.” said NASCIO President and cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology Darryl Ackley. “Having Stu as a friend and resource has been invaluable to me during my tenure as CIO and I know that I am certainly not alone in that sentiment.”
Stu’s career spans over 30 years focusing on state and local government and was appointed as CIO in Ohio in 2011. Under his leadership, Ohio has undertaken an IT Optimization initiative, which has reinvented the way state agencies support the public they serve. Over the last five years the optimization project has redirected agency IT spend from infrastructure and operations to citizen and business-centric application and services. While great strides have been made, Stu is working to ensure continued success for Ohio through partnerships across the state; a focus on creating high-quality citizen and business experiences with state programs; supporting state employees with common and efficient enterprise solutions; and providing secure and reliable information technology solutions.
Ohio Department of Administrative Services Director Robert Blair said, “Stu has provided the leadership, vision and energy necessary to get things done for Ohio! He led the charge to change the way we do IT in Ohio – providing shared solutions for common services so that state agencies can focus on their core missions to create a better Ohio. I am proud to have him on my team and call him my friend. He embodies the DAS spirit of Service, Support and Solutions.”
Davis has been a member of the NASCIO Executive Committee since 2012 when he joined as a director. Since then he has held the offices of secretary-treasurer, vice president and president. Davis has also served on numerous NASCIO committees, currently serving as chair of both the Nominations and Data Management Committees, and has represented NASCIO at regional and national conferences as a speaker and panelist.
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