Mesa County hires new IT director

A man who managed information technology systems for colleges and universities around the country, soon will begin working as the new director of the Mesa County Information Technology Department.

Frank Whidden is expected to begin his new position Aug. 22.

Mesa County Administrator Chantal Unfug announced Whidden’s selection. “Frank has the expertise to guide our long-term IT strategy, while helping us improve our efficiency and the bottom line for the public we serve.”

Earlier in 2011, Mesa County received a number of recommendations based on an operational and technical analysis of the county IT department. The county has begun implementing those recommendations — including hiring a new IT Director.

Before to joining Mesa County, Whidden served as chief information officer for the University of New England for the firm SunGard Higher Education. He has managed IT systems for colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. He holds a master’s degree in computer information systems and a doctoral degree in applied management and decision sciences.