Florida Gov. Charlie Crist today appointed David W. Taylor of Tallahassee as executive director of the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology and state CIO. The Florida Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment. He will oversee the state agency responsible for developing Florida's enterprise strategic information technology plan. Taylor has been serving as interim director since July 2008, while continuing to serve as CIO for the Florida Department of Health since March 2003.

"David's 27 years of public service, including 15 years in management positions, have prepared him to serve as interim director during these past six months," Crist said. "In addition, his vast experience in developing and managing information technology operations qualify him to manage the state of Florida's enterprise information technology efforts."

Taylor served as enterprise information officer for the Florida Department of Management Services during 2006. Prior to March 2003, he was responsible for enterprise-level management of a seven-county health department consortium as an employee of the Volusia County Health Department. From 1993 to 1998, he established information technology operations for the newly created District 12 of the then-Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Taylor earned a bachelor's degree from University Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts, and a master's degree from the University of Central Florida.

The Agency for Enterprise Information Technology was created by the 2007 Legislature to be a centralized enterprise information technology agency that reports to the governor and Cabinet. The agency's primary responsibility is to plan enterprise services and develop enterprise policy and recommendations. The agency serves as the single point of accountability for large-scale, multi-agency enterprise projects.