NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: MARCH 31 2014


State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson today announced that Michael A. Nicolaides, the former Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ technology director, began work today as the NC Department of Public Instruction’s new Chief Information Officer. The State Board of Education in its conference call meeting last week approved Nicolaides hire.

As Chief Information Officer, Nicolaides will lead several divisions of the Department including the Information Technology Project Management Office, IT Coordination and Data Management, Applications Development and IT Infrastructure. His role will encompass internal NCDPI technology services as well as services to local school districts and charter schools across the state.

Over the past decade, Nicolaides led a team of more than 70 IT professionals and more than 100 computer resource specialists in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools serving the entire IT infrastructure for the school district that includes 87,000 IT users. Prior to that he was vice president for Information Systems for Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network in Cyprus and Rome, Italy.

Nicolaides is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds two bachelor of science degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Electrical Engineering, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. 

State Superintendent Atkinson said she looked forward to working with Nicolaides. “Michael brings many strengths to North Carolina, and I look forward to his leadership in our information technology area.”


About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.