Information Technology Strategy Board

Established in 2019 by the N.C. General Assembly, the Information Technology Strategy Board plays a critical role in defining and planning North Carolina’s enterprise IT technology projects, advising on the prioritization of those projects and identifying areas where funding adjustments might be needed.

The board also utilizes industry best practices to guide the State Information Technology Plan.

Powers & Duties

The powers and duties of the board, as outlined in North Carolina law, are as follows:

  • To advise the state chief information officer on policies and procedures to develop, review and update the State Information Technology Plan
  • To establish necessary committees to identify and share industry best practices and new development and to identify existing state IT problems and deficiencies
  • To establish guidelines regarding the review of project planning and management, information sharing, and administrative and technical review procedures involving state-owned or state-supported technology and infrastructure
  • To establish ad hoc technical advisory groups to study and make recommendations on specific topics, including work groups to establish, coordinate and prioritize needs.
  • To assist the state CIO in recommending to the governor and the General Assembly a prioritized list of enterprise initiatives for which new or additional funding is needed
  • To recommend business system technology projects to the N.C. Department of Information Technology and the General Assembly that have:
    • A defined start and end point
    • Specific objectives that signify completion
    • Designed to implement or deliver a unique product, system, or service pertaining to business system technology
  • To develop and maintain a five-year prioritization plan for future business system technology projects


The Information Technology Strategy Board  held its first meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020. An audio recording and meeting materials are listed below.

About the Board

The state chief information officer serves as the chair of the 12-person board, which also includes six North Carolina citizens – with backgrounds and familiarity with business system technology, information systems or telecommunications – who are appointed by the governor and leadership of the N.C. General Assembly.

Other members include the state budget officer, president of the University of North Carolina, president of the N.C. Community College System and secretary of administration.  The state auditor is also on the board as a non-voting member.

Board Members

  • Tracy S. Doaks, state chief information officer, N.C. Department of Information Technology
  • Peter Hans, president, North Carolina Community Colleges
  • Charles Perusse, state budget director, N.C. Office of the State Controller
  • William Roper, president, University of North Carolina System (delegated Keith Werner)
  • Machelle Sanders, secretary, N.C. Department of Administration
  • Beth Wood, state auditor, N.C. Office of the State Auditor

Governor Appointees

  • Jo Abernathy, chief information officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Tracy Futhey, Duke Office of Information Technology

House Speaker Appointees

  • Dr. Rocco DiSanto, chief executive officer, UtiliPlex/Fiber Optics - Photonics
  • Dr. Gerald Poplin, retired, past president, Uwharrie Tech, Inc.

President Pro Tem Appointees

  • Keith Briggs, chief information officer, N.C. Department of Insurance
  • Hon. Jeff Tarte