Nebraska governor selects university tech chief as new CIO

Nebraska's new chief information officer is Matthew McCarville, who most recently served as the CIO for the University of Colorado.
Jim Pillen
Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen speaks during a statue dedication ceremony for US writer and novelist Willa Cather, in Statuary Hall of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2023. (Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images)

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Monday announced he’d appointed Matthew McCarville, the University of Colorado’s former chief information officer, as the state’s latest CIO.

McCarville is returning to his home state of Nebraska to fill the CIO position after former CIO Ed Toner retired in January after eight years in the role. Following Toner’s retirement, Mark Neemann, a deputy in the CIO office, served as his interim replacement.

“Today was my first day as the State of Nebraska chief information officer for Nebraska Department of Administrative Services and Office of the CIO for Governor Jim Pillen,” McCarville wrote in a LinkedIn post on Monday. “Excited to come back to Nebraska after eight years, to deliver transformative information technology and cost savings to Nebraska taxpayers.” 


Before working in higher education, McCarville served as the State of Florida’s chief data officer, where he oversaw information technology for state agencies and counties and many colleges and universities. He also held the roles of vice president of education, data strategy and chief strategy officer at MTX Consulting Group.

McCarville earned degrees from Omaha’s Creighton University, including a doctorate in business administration.

“Dr. McCarville’s information technology experience and expertise nationally and internationally in the public and private sectors is extensive,” Pillen said in a press release. “I look forward to working with Dr. McCarville to eliminate state reliance on obsolete IT systems and delivering transformative cost savings to taxpayers.”

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