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North Carolina CIO Tracy Doaks to Depart for Nonprofit Role

Tracy Doaks will leave state government to become president and CEO at MCNC, a technology-related nonprofit in North Carolina. She was appointed to the leadership role after the departure of Eric Boyette.

After only a short stint as the top IT official for the state of North Carolina, Tracy Doaks has announced plans to step down for a role in the nonprofit sector.

Doaks is leaving state government to become president and CEO at MCNC, a nonprofit pledged to expanding high-speed Internet, cloud services, cybersecurity and other tech-based applications across North Carolina. She will begin the new role in August.


Doaks was named secretary of Information Technology in February. She had been serving as deputy CIO since 2015, and was elevated when her predecessor, Eric Boyette, was named secretary of Transportation. 

Doaks has served in various IT roles in and out of government over the last 20 years. She was CIO for the North Carolina Department of Revenue, served as director of Service Delivery at Duke Medicine, and also worked with international business and technology consulting firm Accenture.

All of those experiences served Doaks well as she was part of the team leading North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I have had the privilege to work with a talented and dedicated team at NCDIT the past four-and-a-half years and help improve the lives of North Carolinians through technology,” said Doaks, in a statement. “As a member of the MCNC advisory council, I know the great work this organization does, and I am excited to join this team.”

Gov. Roy Cooper praised Doaks as “passionate about connecting all corners of North Carolina to high-speed Internet. I know she will continue to be a great partner and leader in her new position,” he said in a statement.

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.