Steve Buche has been named deputy executive commissioner for information technology and chief information officer for Texas Health and Human Services. He starts Sept. 4.
His information technology career spans 19 years in the public and private sectors.
"Steve brings a breadth of experience providing leadership and strategic direction to large organizations including system-wide technology integration, project management and governance," HHS Chief Policy Officer Victoria Ford said. "He'll serve as a leader and innovator for the IT department."
He previously worked for the state of Illinois, serving as chief information officer for nine public safety agencies and six natural and cultural resource agencies while also providing support to technology procurements as interim chief administrative officer. He has also held the role of chief information officer for the Illinois Department of Insurance and a non-profit health care organization serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.
"I look forward to beginning the next chapter of my life with HHSC and making connections with fellow HHSC peers," Buche said. "This position is perfect for me as it combines all of my previous experience into one role."
Buche earned a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Illinois Springfield and a master's degree in business administration from Robert Morris University.
He and his wife, Candy, have been married for 35 years, have two children, Zach and Rachel, and three grandkids. Buche is excited about moving to Austin and has heard so many great things about the Lone Star State.
"We already love Texas barbecue, are looking forward to college football and our first-ever warm winter," Buche said.