I was born and raised in Wyoming. I attended Chandron State College on a basketball scholarship for two years and transferred to the University of Wyoming graduating with a BS degree in Management Information Systems.
l have been in the technology field for 25 years. During that time period, my career has taken me into many business sectors where I have established a very successful leadership and management track record. My range of business sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil & gas, investment banking, and education. Highlights of my career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, as well as creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations.
For nine years, I served as the Chief Information Officer for Katy ISD, a Houston-area district of 67,000 students, recognized nationally for technology innovation. While at Katy I lead a mobile learning initiative focusing on Web 2.0 integration, Digital Citizenship and Mobile Devices.
As of January 1, 2013, I started a new role as Chief Information Technology Officer for the Houston Independent School District. One of my first tasks working for the nation’s 7th largest school district will be implementing a 1:1 program starting with high school students.
I have been married to my wife Kristie for 30 years, have a daughter Kelsey and son Dylan. Kristie has been a lifelong educator primarily at the high school level in math.
My first book, “Bring Your Own Learning: Transform Instruction with any Device” is schedule to be published in February.
National School Board Association's "20 to Watch" educators for 2008
The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Volunteer Hall of Fame
CoSN 2011 National School District Team Award
CIO Leadership Forum “2011 Next Level Leadership Award”
CoSN 2013 Withrow Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Award Honorable Mention