"In challenging times, we have a choice: to close ranks and proceed cautiously or to go beyond traditional boundaries in search of game-changing innovations. Business as usual is not sustainable, so clearly the latter is the better choice, and the 12th annual Ohio Digital Government Summit is the perfect time and place to do it. I encourage you not only to attend this year's Summit but to be an active part of the discussion. I look forward to seeing you there!" - Stu Davis, Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio "This will be my 12th year attending the Ohio Digital Government Summit, and I look forward to it every year. This year's Summit is especially important because of the challenges we face. My staff and I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn about new ideas, new technologies and new partnerships."
- Bruce Hotte, Chief Information Officer, Ohio Department of Health
Jefferson "Beak" Howell
Adjunct Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, and Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center
Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.