Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for IT Brenda Orth will resign Oct. 31, according to an announcement made today from Secretary of Administration Christian Soura.

Pennsylvania Chief Technology Officer Tony Encinias will serve as interim CIO while retaining his current position.

“My reasons for leaving at this point are personal … to spend more time with my family,” Orth said. “And with the change in administration, the timing was right.”

During Orth’s almost three-year appointment, Pennsylvania earned one of the four highest grades in the nation on the 2010 Digital States Survey from the Center for Digital Government, the research division of Government Technology’s parent company e.Republic Inc. Pennsylvania was also recognized by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers eight times, including two awards for IT initiatives received this year.

“I’m really proud of everything we’ve done over the last three years within [the Office of Information Technology]. It’s been challenging,” Orth said. “We’ve made great strides in the area of IT consolidation and shared services.”

She added that a major accomplishment for her team was restructuring and modernizing some of their key contracts, which saved the state more than $300 million.

“Her leadership has enabled us to confront extraordinary budget pressures in a responsible fashion — by identifying and advancing our strategic priorities, and by taking an enterprisewide approach to sharing personnel and infrastructure,” Soura said in a press release.

Orth has more than 25 years of management experience in the IT field. Since 2003, she has worked for various departments within Pennsylvania’s public sector, serving as the bureau director, division manager and program director of the Bureau of Enterprise Architecture, and as a policy consultant within the Office of Administration’s IT division.

Prior to that, Orth worked in the IT department at ExxonMobil Corp.

Lauren Katims Nadeau  |  Contributing Writer