Who We Are
John Boucher was appointed as the University of Alaska’s Interim Chief Information
Technology Officer in October 2020. Prior to his appointment at the University of
Alaska, he served as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Alaska’s Office
of Information Technology (OIT). OIT was responsible for delivering enterprise IT
services to the fifteen Executive Branch agencies of the State of Alaska. As the State
of Alaska’s CIO, he oversaw telecommunications, enterprise level application services,
networking services, data centers, platform services, security services as well as
the Alaska Land Mobile Radio system (ALMR)- a public safety radio communication network.
Before appointment as the State of Alaska’s CIO, Boucher had a nearly 40-year long career serving the State of Alaska as an administrator and economist. He served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration (DOA). At DOA, he oversaw activities of the Office of Information Technology, Division of Finance, Division of Retirement and Benefits, Risk Management and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Prior to that he worked as a Policy Analyst and Economist at the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
In the IT arena, John’s state career included serving as the primary staff for the Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, supporting the annual State of Alaska’s annual information technology plan, and he was the IT manager for the State of Alaska’s Office of Children’s Services. During that time OCS successfully implemented the award-winning ORCA Project, which replaced a legacy case management and provider payment system with an integrated web-based application.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. In his leisure time he has an affinity for baseball and softball. Most recently he served 10 years as a high school fastpitch softball coach for Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, helping build the program for the brand new school into a 3-time state champion from 2016-2018. He and his wife Heidi have deep roots in Fairbanks. John was born in Fairbanks in 1959 and lived there until his family moved to Juneau in 1970. Heidi’s family moved to Alaska in 1968 when her father accepted a position as a journalism professor at UAF. John and Heidi are excited to return to Fairbanks and contribute to the UA system’s success.
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