SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gray Davis announced Tuesday the appointment of Professor J. Clark Kelso as interim director of the California Department of General Services.

Professor Kelso, 43, of Sacramento, was appointed by Gov. Davis to serve as special adviser on information technology and CIO for the State of California in Sept. 2002 and will continue to serve in this capacity.

As CIO, he is responsible for providing leadership on IT policy and for working collaboratively with other IT leaders throughout state government.

Professor Kelso is the director of the Capital Center for Government Law and Policy at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, where he has served since 1994. Gov. Davis previously appointed him chairman of the California Earthquake Authority in Nov. 2000 and confirmed his appointment as California's Acting Insurance Commissioner, a position he held from July to Sept. 2000.

The Director is responsible for the overall management of the California Department of General Services. Professor Kelso will receive a salary of $71,424, after the 5% reduction. This appointment does not require Senate confirmation.

Office of Gov. Gray Davis