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October 19, 2009

Douglas Appoints Tom Evslin Chief Technology Officer for Vermont

Governor Jim Douglas Appoints Tom Evslin Chief Technology Officer for Vermont

Former Recovery Czar to Prepare Telecom Initiatives for 2010 Legislative Session

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today announced the appointment of Chief Recovery Officer Tom Evslin to the new position of Chief Technology Officer with specific initial responsibility for preparing telecom initiatives for the upcoming legislative session. Evslin will also help formulate policy for use of technology in the e-state government of the future including cloud computing and other technical opportunities for the state, smart grid, and the use of energy by state government.

The change in responsibility will be effective on October 31, 2009 after the first cycle of state reporting on stimulus spending and jobs creation to the federal Office of Management and Budget has been completed. Mel Adams, currently director for physical infrastructure in the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery, will succeed Evslin as Director of the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery.

“This is a time of both challenge and opportunity for our critical telecom infrastructure, “said Governor Douglas. “The national recession and rapid technology changes have made the necessary capital harder to raise nationwide. On a positive note, VELCO is building high bandwidth fiber to every corner of the State; the NorthLink project should bring additional much needed Internet backbone capacity to the Northeast Kingdom; we have a coordinated set of broadband stimulus applications pending; and we have strong, new management at the VTA with Tom Murray as the Executive Director. I believe that with the appointments of Evslin and Murray we can work to improve outcomes and progress and achieve our goal of becoming the first true e-state.

“Tom Evslin’s background as both a successful high tech entrepreneur and former Vermont Transportation Secretary made it possible for him to jump into the stimulus role quickly when we asked him to,” Douglas continued. “On behalf of the administration, he worked with the congressional delegation, the legislature, and the private sector to help assure that Vermont receives the maximum benefit from stimulus funds and that we have strong applications for competitive grants for Smart Grid, broadband, e-health, and e-education. Now I’m asking Tom to pursue many of the same goals in a new role. I’m confident he’ll get the job done again.”

“I’m pleased that Tom Evslin has agreed to take on a new role in the Agency,” said Secretary Lunderville. “His leadership will be critical as we work to coordinate our telecom efforts across Vermont.”

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to Tom Murray for his service to the state,” added Secretary Lunderville. “He has done great work and made real progress at the Department of Information and Innovation modernizing the state's IT infrastructure. While Tom will be truly missed, he will be a tremendous asset and strong leader for the VTA.”

With Murray's move, Secretary Lunderville has named David Tucker, DII Deputy Commissioner, as Interim Commissioner. Evslin will assume Murray’s position as the Secretary of Administration’s appointee to the VTA Board.

Evslin will coordinate state broadband plans including the infrastructure used for the state’s own computing and web services, ConnectVermont, the e-education network, and network services for e-health, and future grant requests including the next round of stimulus. VTA, working with the CTO, has specific responsibility for formulating Vermont’s next stimulus grant request.

Evslin will continue to work with VTA, VELCO, NorthLink, the Department of Public Service, and the state’s private telecom providers, as he has in his stimulus job, to assure a coordinated long term plan to meet Vermont’s needs for fixed and mobile voice and data services. He will also be the administration’s liaison with the legislature on these issues.

“Getting the stimulus office started was a great opportunity and experience and I thank Governor Douglas for having the confidence in me to fill this important role,” said Evslin. “A wonderful staff there and excellent cooperation between the administration and the legislature has assured that Vermont is a leader among states in the intelligent use of stimulus funds. I believe that Vermont’s economic and even social future depends on a world-class communication infrastructure; many of the elements to achieve that are already in place. Now our challenge is to quickly bring service to every residence, business, and road. I’m excited about this new assignment.”

Evslin was Vermont Secretary of Transportation under Governor Richard Snelling in 1981 and 1982. He was the founder of Vermont-based Solutions, Inc., a software firm, most whose assets were sold to Microsoft in 1990. Evslin worked for Microsoft where he was responsible for the products which are now Outlook and Exchange. He launched and led AT&T’s first ISP and popularized a flat monthly prize for unlimited Internet access. He and his wife, Mary, founded the wholesale Voice-over-IP company ITXC in 1997. The company went public in 1999 and became one of the world’s largest wholesale international carriers. It was later sold to Indian industrial giant Tata and the Evslins returned to Vermont and have been active in promoting better Internet access for the state ever since.

Evslin will continue his personal tradition of returning his minimum wage salary to the state.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: October 19, 2009 15:47:55