Dewand is the Chief Operating Officer for Eleven Fifty Academy. He spends every day helping the Academy to realize its mission which is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through the discovery of purpose, development of values, immersive relevant 21st century skill training and thoughtful community programs. Previously, Neely spent 15 years serving in State Government, with the last 4 years of his state tenure as Director of the Indiana Office of Technology and the State Chief Information Officer. A role he was appointed to by both Governor Mike Pence and Governor Eric Holcomb. He has held executive committee and director roles on the board for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and served as an external advisory board member for the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. He is currently a foundation board member for Goodwill. Neely received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Technology and his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.