LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At its April meeting, NASCIO's Executive Committee nominated and elected Tom Jarrett, CIO of Delaware, to serve as its vice president for the 2002-2003 program year.

Jarrett replaces Harry Lanphear, who recently vacated the post upon his departure as the CIO of Maine.

"Tom's exceptional background will be a valuable asset to the vice presidency role at NASCIO," said NASCIO president and Missouri CIO Gerry Wethington. "I am extremely pleased that Tom has accepted the Executive Committee's nomination. His vision and leadership will contribute greatly to the association's mission."

In Sept. 2001, as part of reforms in how the state manages IT services, Delaware's Gov. Ruth Ann Minner asked Jarrett to become the state's first CIO, heading up the new Department of Technology and Information.

She has defined the role of CIO to a cabinet-level position, and Secretary Jarrett has the broad authority that can be found in the private sector to insure that technology is deployed on time, on budget and meets the needs of state agencies serving Delaware citizens.

"I am very excited about becoming the new Vice President of NASCIO and look forward to working to enhance the already excellent reputation that NASCIO has as it advocates on behalf of the states' CIOs," Jarrett said.

In addition to filling his new role as vice president, Jarrett currently serves as chair of NASCIO's Strategic IT Business and Services Committee.

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