North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven today appointed Lisa Feldner to serve as the state's new chief information officer (CIO). From 1991 to date, Feldner has served as technology director for Bismarck Public Schools, where she has managed the budget and staff, as well as the development, design and integration of software and hardware systems for more than 13,000 users at 26 campuses.

"Lisa is committed to advancing North Dakota's comprehensive technology plan," Hoeven said. "We have laid a strong foundation with STAGEnet, which links schools and state government in an integrated voice, data, video network, and now Lisa will bring to the job the skills necessary to take the state to the next level of development."

"I would like to thank Governor Hoeven for this opportunity to serve the people of North Dakota." Feldner said. "It's exciting to be part of a team that is committed to growing our economy and improving the quality of life for North Dakotans."

Feldner holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Business Education from Minot State University; a M.A. in Mathematics Education from Minot State University; and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from the University of North Dakota.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Information Technology Council's Outstanding Achievement in Education award in 2005; the N.D. Association of Technology Leaders' Award of Excellence in 2002 and Technology Leader of the Year award in 2004; Apple Computer's Apple Distinguished Educator award in 2003; and the Ohana Foundation's Technology in Education Leadership Award.

Feldner also serves on numerous boards and commissions. She is currently the chair of the N.D. Educational Technology Council; N.D. STAGEnet Technical Committee; N.D. Association of Technology Leaders; City of Bismarck Cable Franchise Board; Great Western Network Advisory Board; N.D. Department of Public Instruction Data Advisory Board; and the Harold Schafer Leadership Center.

Feldner will start on May 8, and her salary will be $94,000 a year.