FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alex Johnston, Chief Communications Director
Department of Transformation and Shared Services
The Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) Division of Information Systems (DIS) today announced that Joshua McGee, PhD, will become the state’s chief data officer (CDO). In this role, McGee will concentrate on policy and lead DIS’s efforts to improve data structure, security, and data use.
Dr. McGee is currently the associate director of the Office for Education Policy in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas (Office). Dr. McGee’s designation as CDO aligns with the Office’s mission to unite research and practice by providing the State’s leaders with actionable advice on current policy issues.
“We are excited to have Dr. McGee serve as the State’s Chief Data Officer in a collaborative effort with the University of Arkansas. His unique experience brings a fresh perspective to state government,” said TSS Secretary Amy Fecher. “This innovative, data-driven, and action-oriented approach aligns perfectly with transformation’s core mission.”
In his previous role as an Executive Vice President with the Arnold Foundation in Houston, Dr. McGee led a team that invested $50M in data-driven efforts to improve public policy in six states and Washington D.C. The strategy paired state governments with dedicated university partners who integrated administrative data and deployed research to help policymakers resolve persistent challenges. These “Policy Labs” redirected more than $150M in taxpayer resources toward more effective uses.
Dr. McGee holds a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Economics from the University of Arkansas.