Mesa County Hires New IT Director

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Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) -- Mesa County has hired Frank Whidden, Ph.D., as the new director for the county’s Information Technology Department. Whidden—a Grand Junction resident—will leave his current post with SunGard Higher Education to join Mesa County’s leadership team.

“The Board of Commissioners’ goal in hiring a new I.T. Director is to improve our customer service and the effectiveness of our I.T. systems,” said Mesa County Administrator Chantal Unfug. “Frank has the expertise to guide our long-term I.T. strategy, while helping us improve our efficiency and the bottom line for the public we serve.”

Earlier in 2011, Mesa County received a number of recommendations based on an operational and technical analysis of the county’s I.T. department. The county has quickly moved forward to begin implementing several of the recommendations from the report—including the hiring of a new I.T. Director.

“Frank will help set clear priorities for our hard-working I.T. staff,” added Unfug. “That strategic direction will ensure that employees across the county organization have the tools they need to give people in our communities the best service possible.”

Whidden has worked his way up through the ranks over the years. He started his I.T. career as a network technician, and has been working most recently as Chief Information Officer for the University of New England (for the firm SunGard Higher Education). His most recent experience is in managing and trouble-shooting I.T. systems for several colleges and universities around the United States and Canada.

Whidden has a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University in Minnesota. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. He will begin his new position with Mesa County on August 22nd.

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