Information technology solutions in Indiana will have a new face moving forward, thanks to a change in leadership. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appointed Deputy Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely to the top post after Paul Baltzell’s resignation.
Neely joined the Indiana Office of Technology when it was established in 2005. Deputy CIO since 2013, he has been responsible for managing IOT’s Seat Services program. The governor said he is confident that Neely’s longevity with IOT and familiarity with its mission assure his success in the new role.
“Neely was one of the initial employees for the Indiana Office of Technology, and his extensive experience with the agency will prove critical as we continue to work toward innovation and efficiency within state government,” Pence said in a news release. “I know that going forward, Neely will continue to serve Hoosiers with dedication and commitment.”
I look forward to keeping Indiana on the leading-edge technologically and continuing to deliver best in class service to its citizens.
— Dewand Neely (@DewandNeely) October 6, 2015
Baltzell is departing the IOT to become vice president of information technology solutions for Mainstreet Investment in Carmel, Ind. “This is an extremely exciting opportunity, as they are transforming healthcare,” Baltzell explained to StateScoop of his new private-sector position. “My role will be to bring technology to bear to make that happen.”
Acknowledging the influence Baltzell has had on the IOT and its success, Pence said his “expectations of innovation, efficiency and creativity will be missed.” Baltzell’s use of data made him exceptional, StateScoop reports:
During his tenure as CIO, Baltzell launched the governor’s data-driven decision-making effort, which ultimately led to the creation of the Governor’s Management and Performance Hub — a high-tech, Silicon Valley-style office to allow a more interactive experience with the state’s technology efforts.
Baltzell also led state efforts to use data analytics to reduce infant mortality, something he told StateScoop was his proudest accomplishment as CIO. Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, with 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Neely will assume CIO duties on Oct. 9.