Tom Fletcher has Network and Disaster Recovery responsibility for the State of South Carolina, including overall responsibility for the South Carolina Information Network (SCINET) and recovery of the State Data Center. SCINET provides voice, data and video network services to state government agencies, including higher education institutions, as well as to a number of county and local governments. The State Data Center provides data processing services on Mainframe, UNIX, and Windows servers for state agencies and other governmental customers. He has been employed by the State of South Carolina since 1988, and has held various technology management positions during that time. Tom is Chairman of the state’s K-12 School Technology Initiative Committee, and has managed the connection of the state’s approximately 1,450 K-12 public schools and public libraries to SCINET and the Internet. He was awarded the ISTE 2007 “Making IT Happen” award at SC EdTech. He also serves as the Chairman of the Fairfield County Library Commission.
Prior to joining the CIO, he worked for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S. C. Tax Commission. Before joining state government, he was employed by AT&T and Southern Bell in a number of operations, sales, marketing, personnel and other positions. He also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Midlands Technical College and Webster University for a number of years.
He is a member of the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) and has served in a number of Executive Board Offices. He is a National Past President and Life Member. He also participates in the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), South Carolina Government Management Information Sciences (SC-GMIS) and the South Carolina Information Technology Professionals. He is a member of the South Carolina Library Association and received their 2005 Friends of the Library award.