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Maine Names Longtime University IT Leader as New State CIO

After Maine elected a new governor in November, longtime IT leader Jim Smith stepped down as CIO. Now the state has a new CIO in Fred Brittain, who spent more than two decades with the University of Maine system.

by / March 8, 2019

Fred Brittain, a longtime IT leader for the University of Maine system, will become CIO for the entire state starting next month. 

Brittain will take over the position on April 1, said David Heidrich, director of communications at the state’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services.   

He replaces acting CIO and Deputy Commissioner Dick Thompson, a former CIO for the state as well as the University of Maine system. The state has been without a permanent CIO since Jim Smith stepped down from the role in September in the face of a transition to a new governor.

Brittain, who has served as the associate CIO for the university system for the past four years, previously served as the executive director of IT services at the school’s Farmington campus for nearly two decades. Brittain also spent a year serving as the campus chief operating officer. 

His LinkedIn profile describes him as having lead "large projects, organizational design and direction, and ensuring well-managed and close relationships exist with the campuses at all levels," as well as working to "(bridge) technology with strategic direction making IT more than a utility but a partner."

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Lucas Ropek Staff Writer

Lucas Ropek is a staff writer for Government Technology. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and writer in Massachusetts and New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in Ohio. He lives in Northern California.

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