Calvin C. Rhodes is the Governor’s Chief Information Officer for the state of Georgia and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority.
Mr. Rhodes came to state government in January 2011 from Paladin Investments, a private investment company. Prior he was with Fulton Paper Company for 27 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. Previously, Mr. Rhodes held various positions within the company, including vice president of operations and chief information officer/vice president for information technology.
Governor Nathan Deal named Mr. Rhodes to lead the state’s public/private partnership IT transformation and consolidation effort. The initiative has strengthened security, modernized infrastructure and networks, improved reliability and increased transparency in the state’s IT enterprise. Building on its successes, the state is now evolving its service delivery model to enable state agencies to more easily benefit from changes in the IT marketplace. Mr. Rhodes and his team promote an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements. As State CIO, Mr. Rhodes chairs Georgia’s new Statewide Cybersecurity Board, created in 2015 by executive order, to assess and strengthen the state’s security posture.
Mr. Rhodes is a Board member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and serves as its secretary-treasurer. He is also an active member of the Georgia Chief Information Leadership Association and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Science and Technology Executive Committee. He was honored for his leadership by the Technology Association of Georgia in October 2015. In addition, Computerworld magazine named Mr. Rhodes a 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leader in recognition of his technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Mr. Rhodes was selected by Government Technology as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2016 for his accomplishments in using technology to improve government operations and help the public sector serve citizens more effectively.
Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Darton State College and Georgia Southwestern University and holds a degree in computer information systems. He also earned a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.