Dr. Craig Orgeron was selected as the Executive Director of MS Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Chief Information Officer for the State of Mississippi in July 2011 by the ITS Board. The ITS Board is comprised of five members who are appointed to five year staggered terms by the Governor with confirmation of the Senate.
Dr. Orgeron has over 29 years of information technology experience in both the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Dr. Orgeron began his career as a communications-computer systems officer in the United States Air Force. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and Chief Information Officer for the State of Mississippi. In this role, Dr. Orgeron provides statewide leadership in the provision of services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. He has served as President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and has participated in numerous government information technology task forces and committees, such as the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, the Digital Signature Committee, the Electronic Government Task Force, and the Governor’s Commission on Digital Government, which led to the implementation of the enterprise electronic government in Mississippi.
Dr. Orgeron holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS, a master’s degree and doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. Dr. Orgeron is a certified public manager and a graduate of the Senator John C. Stennis State Executive Development Institute, as well as the Institute on International Digital Government Research, and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Series, Leadership for a Networked World and Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology.