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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06

NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: MARCH 2, 2006

NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER NAMED FOR NC DPI

The State Board of Education today appointed Peter N. Asmar as the Department of Public Instruction's Chief Information Officer.

Asmar comes to this position from J.P. Morganchase where he served since 2002 as the Global Technology Chief Operating Officer and Technology Services Vice President. Asmar's experience at J.P Morganchase began in 1993 and included a variety of leadership roles in technology, financial and resource management and client/vendor relations. Prior to these experiences, Asmar also worked in a variety of financial technology positions with Credit Suisse First Boston, International Paper Company and UPS.

Asmar has a bachelor's degree in economics from Brooklyn College of the City University and a master's degree in business administration in finance from New York Institute of Technology.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said that the Board welcomed Asmar's leadership and expertise. "Strong leadership in the area of information and technology is critical for the progress of public schools in North Carolina. Mr. Asmar brings a strong track record of leadership and technical expertise to help us better manage the resources of data, information and technology."

Asmar will begin work at the Department of Public Instruction on March 3. As Chief Information Officer, he will lead the Technology Services area. This includes a variety of project areas, including NC WISE and SIMS, instructional technology, student information and accountability systems and the enterprise project management office.

Asmar replaces Dr. Bob Bellamy, former CIO, who retired on Feb. 28.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.