Bill Willis, one of the better-known networking executives in North Carolina, will become the state’s deputy chief information officer on Sept. 15.

Willis, who helped put North Carolina State University at the forefront of Internet and networking technology between 1992-8, will report to George Bakolia, the CIO and head of North Carolina’s Information Technology Services.

Willis was an executive with Interpath, an Internet service provider, for two years after leaving NCSU. He currently is vice president for information technology with Cable & Wireless. Willis has also taught at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“Bill Willis has the knowledge and experience to help carry out our efforts to achieve greater efficiency in information technology,” Bakolia said. “He has spent his entire career in Raleigh, so he knows many of the key information technology leaders in government and business.”