by Lisa Banks

CIO of NSW education department resigns

Jun 29, 2010
Careers Government IT Leadership

CIO of the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) Stephen Wilson has resigned just short of celebrating his fifth year with the department in August.

The Australian reported the CIOs decision to leave the position – a role for which he became known as the “chief architect” of the NSW government’s computers-in-schools program.

Before joining DET Wilson spent more than two decades with multinational healthcare company, Johnson Johnson. He was instrumental in the department’s Connected Classroom program. The average tenure for a DET CIO is only one year, but Wilson has bucked the trend.

“We’re in the midst of a massive change in public education,” he told CIO in a recent interview. “Our strategy is to create a connected learning community [and] IT systems should enable and support the business, not define the processes.”

News of Wilson’s resignation comes as the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade recently began advertising for a new CIO, and as Telstra’s CIO John McInerney recently announced his resignation.