Chancellor Fariña Announces Appointment of Peter Quinn as DOE’s New Chief Information Officer

  • Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Quinn will also oversee the development and enforcement of policy and procedures for information technology investments

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the appointment of Peter Quinn as the Department of Education (DOE) Chief Information Officer. In his new role, Quinn will oversee the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT) for the DOE, where he will manage strategic planning and partnership development, advance citywide school technology strategy, implement improvements in administrative operations and data systems and foster innovation. 

Quinn will also oversee the development and enforcement of policy and procedures to ensure the integrity, security and privacy of information, as well as establish short- and long-range objectives for information technology investments. 

Prior to joining the DOE, Quinn served as Chief Information Officer for Massachusetts, where he helped develop and implement the state’s technology strategy and policy for more than 170 agencies, 20 public and private authorities, two branches of government and two university systems. 

“Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated a commitment to public service and getting results. We are very excited for him to bring his talent and experience to New York City,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “I’m confident that Peter will bring the same passion, leadership and innovative thinking to his new role serving our City’s 1.1 million students, families and school staff.” 

“It is an honor to join the Department of Education and to serve this city’s 1.1 million public school students and their families,” said Chief Information Officer Peter Quinn. “Technology continues to play an increasingly crucial role in education, and there is nothing more important than ensuring that our schools and students have access to the resources they need to succeed. I truly look forward to helping this department build on the progress it has made in delivering equity and excellence to all students.” 

“We’re extremely fortunate to have some as qualified and experienced as Peter at the helm of the DOE’s Division of Instructional and Information Technology,” said DoITT Commissioner Anne M. Roest. “Technology is an important pillar within all great public school systems, and Peter’s vision will help ensure that the City’s schools remain at the forefront of innovation.” 

“Peter Quinn is a natural leader who knows how to drive outcomes in a demanding, fast-paced environment,” said Cindy Afkhami, a former Senior Project Executive and Implementation Director for the Ohio Department of Medicaid. “He is deeply committed to public service and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset for New York City’s public school students and families.” 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Peter for over a decade and I’ve seen firsthand his dedication to the quality of his work and to the people he serves,” said Greg McCoy, a former contractor the State of Ohio. “Peter’s depth of IT knowledge, his ability problem solve, his strong leadership skills, and his tireless work ethic will make him absolutely invaluable to the Department of Education.” 

Over the past 20 years, Quinn has also provided critical support and consultation to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and to the State of Ohio’s Chief Information officer. He also served as the Chief Information Officer for the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, where he oversaw the complete transformation of the bank’s information technology capabilities, as well as the Chief Information Officer for Global Technology at Boston Financial Services. 

Within Quinn’s office, Desmond R. White, who previously served as the Acting Chief Information Officer, has been appointed to Senior Deputy CIO. Desmond played a key role in the search and hiring of the new CIO, while also overseeing DIIT’s day-to-day operations in the interim. In his new role, Desmond will continue to act in a leadership position, helping execute DOE-wide IT decisions and projects. 
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