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DHS news release

March 16, 2004

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Program contact: Clyde Saiki (503) 945-5733

Oregon Department of Human Services names new chief information officer


A Virginia man with three decades' experience in high-level information-services jobs has been named chief information officer for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), effective April 12.

He is William C. Crowell, of Richmond, who has held information-systems jobs with companies such as Israeli-based Teva Pharmeuticals, Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, W. R. Grace in Boca Raton, Fla., and McGraw-Hill in New York City. Most recently, Crowell and three other computer executives started a Buffalo Grove, Ill., company, Magellan Associates, that provides strategic consulting services to chief information officers.

"We depend on computer technology to deliver prompt, accurate services to more than a million Oregonians a year," said Gary K. Weeks, Oregon Department of Human Services director. "We're fortunate to have attracted someone of Bill Crowell's stature who has shown he knows how to make technology work for a large organization with limited resources."

Crowell will report to Weeks. As chief information officer, Crowell succeeds John Cuddy, who joined the Salem-Keizer School District as technology and information director after leaving DHS last year.

At DHS, Crowell will head the Office of Information Services, whose more than 350 employees are responsible for computer systems serving more than 150 field offices and other locations across the state.

Crowell began his information services career in 1973 with six years at a New Jersey company, and also worked for the Penn Central Corporation, the U.S. Treasury and Peat Marwick.

Crowell holds a bachelor's degree (1971) in business from the University of Richmond and a master's in business administration (1973) from the University of Virginia.