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Nebraska’s New CIO Has State, Education C-Level Expertise

Gov. Jim Pillen has appointed Matthew J. McCarville to serve as Nebraska’s next CIO. He has considerable cross-sector experience, including having served as chief data officer for the state of Florida.

Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln
Nebraska state Capitol in Lincoln.
Matthew J. McCarville, a technology leader in education and state government, has been tapped by Gov. Jim Pillen to serve as Nebraska’s next CIO.
Matthew J. McCarville
University of Colorado, Denver

McCarville, who attended university in Nebraska, started in the role Monday. He takes over from former CIO Ed Toner, whose final day was Feb. 16. Toner had been state CIO since 2015; upon his retirement, Mark Neeman, a deputy in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, took over as interim CIO until Pillen appointed a permanent replacement.

McCarville’s responsibilities will include managing a $70 million annual appropriations budget and overseeing the state’s enterprise applications and infrastructure, while leading a service-oriented IT organization.

“I look forward to working with Dr. McCarville to eliminate state reliance on obsolete IT systems and delivering transformative cost savings to taxpayers,” Pillen said in an announcement Monday, highlighting McCarville’s broad experience.

McCarville reacted to the appointment in a LinkedIn post Monday night: “Excited to come back to Nebraska after eight years, to deliver transformative information technology and cost savings to Nebraska taxpayers!”

The new state technology leader most recently served as CIO and assistant vice chancellor of information technology services and operations for the University of Colorado, Denver, for nearly two years.

Previously, McCarville worked in the private sector for MTX Consulting Group/Maverick A1 as vice president of education, data strategy and as chief strategy officer. Before that, McCarville was in the public sector, overseeing IT needs for Florida agencies, counties and education institutions from March 2020 to March 2021 as the state’s chief data officer.

McCarville attended Creighton University in Nebraska, earning a bachelor’s of science in business administration, a master’s of science in business intelligence and analytics, and a doctorate in business administration.