Award winners are chosen
from among thousands of nominees throughout the nation. More
than two million votes were cast to select the eventual
winners. The announcement was made recently at the National
Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO)
midyear conference in National Harbor, Maryland. NASCIO is a
nonprofit association representing chief information
officers and information technology executives and managers
from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Rodgers started as Ohio's
CIO in December. Prior to his appointment, Rodgers, who also
serves as assistant director of the Ohio Department of
Administrative Services (DAS), served as CIO of the Ohio
Attorney General's Office from 2015 through 2018.
"I'm humbled and excited to
receive this award," Rodgers said. "It is a reflection of
our commitment to leverage technology to better serve
Ohioans and address issues impacting our state."
Speaking at the NASCIO
conference, Rodgers gave an overview of InnovateOhio, Gov.
Mike DeWine's initiative to modernize and digitally
transform state services. Rodgers told the audience that DAS
will implement the program, which is being overseen by Lt.
Governor Jon Husted. InnovateOhio, he said, will simplify
the customer experience by bringing multiple interactions
with state government under one technological umbrella.
Originally from Lansing,
Mich., Rodgers graduated from Spring Arbor University in
Spring Arbor, Mich., where he earned a bachelor's degree in
organizational leadership. Rodgers is pursuing a master's
degree in computer science from Muskingum University and
lives in Westerville, Ohio.