Goulet takes over for Eric Boyette, who was CIO of North Carolina until the state’s governor put him in charge of the transportation department. Goulet’s tenure in New Hampshire has been a somewhat unique one.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has a new president in Denis Goulet of New Hampshire.
Goulet, formerly the organization’s vice president, is stepping into the post after former NASCIO President Eric Boyette made a career change. Earlier this month, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Boyette as secretary of the state’s Department of Transportation.
Boyette didn’t lead NASCIO for long; the organization elected him as president in October. The group’s bylaws call for the vice president to step up when the presidency is vacated.
As New Hampshire’s CIO, Goulet put out the state’s first IT strategic plan in more than 10 years, emphasized digital government services and beefed up cybersecurity.
Goulet has been the state’s CIO for nearly five years and survived the transition from a Democratic governor to a Republican one — both of which are somewhat rare feats for people in his position.
“I want to thank my colleague, Eric Boyette, for his service to NASCIO and his leadership as NASCIO president. I will do my best to serve the association at the same level of dedication,” Goulet said in a statement. “I look forward to leading the association and working with the tremendously dedicated state CIOs across the country.”
NASCIO’s executive committee will name the new vice president.