Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes has been honored with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Award for the nonprofit/public sector. The award, sponsored by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, was presented October 26 at an event attended by 1,100 people at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. Mr. Rhodes is also executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority.

The ORBIE awards, now in their 20th year, are widely considered to be the nation’s leading recognition program for technology executives, and the association honored CIOs in eight categories for their leadership excellence. In choosing this year’s award recipients, the association considered the size and scope of the nominees’ responsibilities, their leadership and management effectiveness, the business value created by technology innovation in their organization, and their engagement in the technology field and community.

“Today’s recognition of these CIO executives’ ability to innovate and lead their organizations is the cornerstone of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s vision of developing transformative technology leaders who deliver business outcomes that impact their organizations, their industries, and our world,” said Tamara Lopata, the association’s executive director. “Being selected by their peers is testament to the innovation, leadership, and perseverance these individuals have mastered in earning this prestigious recognition.”

Mr. Rhodes was named Georgia CIO and GTA executive director in 2011 and is currently the nation’s longest-serving active state CIO. He has led the state’s public/private IT transformation and consolidation initiative, which has successfully strengthened cybersecurity, modernized IT infrastructure and networks, improved the reliability of information systems, and increased transparency in the state’s IT enterprise.

He also has overseen construction of the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta. Boasting 332,000 square feet in two adjacent buildings, the center is the single largest state government investment in a cybersecurity facility in the nation to date. It represents a unique collaboration among state and local government, the military, academia, law enforcement, and the private sector. Mr. Rhodes has also been responsible for partner coordination at the center.

The Georgia CIO Leadership Association is a professional association for Georgia CIOs. It is one of 11 chapters of a national leadership association for CIOs from public and private companies, government, education, health care, and nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about the ORBIE awards by reading the association’s news release.