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The Office of Innovation and Technology supports the core technology and operational requirements of the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s approximately 100 programs by insuring that staff members and programs have the necessary access to information, applications, and supporting technology.
Bill Miller has served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Office of Innovation and Technology at the Berks county Intermediate Unit since March of 2006. The CIO is responsible for setting the strategic direction for IT services aligned with the strategies and business requirements of the broader intermediate unit roadmap, and in support of client district needs and initiatives.
In addition to the traditional role of the CIO, the office of Innovation and Technology also serves as a vehicle for the creation and launch of innovative new services and programs. This includes programming like BCIU’s International Studies Roundtable, the Asian Studies Collaborative, and BCIU’s Confucius Classroom.
Prior to assuming his leadership role at BCIU he worked as the senior IT manager for Agere Systems’ manufacturing and product engineering systems team, with responsibility for applications engineering resources in Pennsylvania, Singapore, and Thailand.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and his MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Cherie Zimmerman serves as the assistant director of the Office of Innovation and Technology at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. In this capacity she is responsible for the tactical operation of the Office’s technology and systems in delivering IT services to our client school districts and internal IU programs.
Cherie began her career at BCIU in June 1985 as a programmer/analyst and was subsequently promoted to senior programmer/analyst in 1990. Cherie was promoted into management as the client support and operations manager in July of 2000 transitioning into the role of program administrator for software services in 2005, before assuming her current position as the assistant director in June 2010.
Cherie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Albright College and an Associate’s Degree from Penn State University. She currently co-chairs the SunGard Pennsylvania Users Group, is a member of the SunGard National Users Group, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), the local Mid-East PASBO, and Eastern Pennsylvania Information Technology Data Managers (EPAITDM).
Additionally, the office is responsible to the broader community of technology users at our member school districts in providing applications support for a variety of systems and services that support the daily operations of these constituent organizations. They provides technology services to our partner schools and community organizations in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to:
The Office of Innovation and Technology is composed of three programs: