Richard Boes has been appointed Vermont’s new CIO and commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation by Gov. Peter Shumlin.

In his new position, Boes will be tasked with delivering IT services across each of Vermont’s state government branches, according to the governor’s office.

Boes’ background is technology services in higher education. He has served as California State University, Fresno’s senior director of IT services and chief information security officer since 2005. Before his tenure at Fresno State, he served as the director of network technology at Brown University.

“Richard has both an extensive technical background and the ability to communicate well with nontechnical groups,” said Vermont Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding in a statement. “He will be a valuable asset to Vermont as we invest millions in new information technologies to improve services to Vermonters in the most cost-effective manner possible.”

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas appointed David Tucker to the position in 2009, and earlier this year, Ruthann Sullivan served as the interim CIO and commissioner.