Governor Names Zolnowsky To Lead Bureau of Information & Telecommunications

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint David Zolnowsky of Madison, South Dakota, to be the next Commissioner of the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT).

Zolnowsky is the Director of Computing Services and Chief Information Officer for Dakota State University, a position he has held since 1985.  In that role, he led management of Dakota State’s computing infrastructure to stay on the cutting edge of technology education.  He has also worked closely with BIT in administering the K-12 Data Center, which provides information technology and email services to K-12 schools, state government, and state universities.

“I am pleased that David has agreed to lead BIT,” Gov. Daugaard said.  “David has years of experience leading an innovative technology environment at Dakota State, and he will be a strong leader for this organization.”

Prior to coming to Dakota State in 1985, Zolnowsky worked in state government at Pierre from 1973 to 1985 for the Department of Transportation, Unified Judicial System, Department of Health, and Information Processing Services Center.

“I want to thank Gov. Daugaard for this opportunity,” said Zolnowsky.  “BIT is an impressive organization, and I will be honored to lead it.  I am looking forward to returning to Pierre.”

Zolnowsky will replace Commissioner Dom Bianco, who left the position in March 2012.  Since March, BIT has been led by interim Commissioner Jim Edman.  Edman will continue to serve as BIT deputy commissioner.

Last Updated: 7/9/12