OFFICE of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Office of Information 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.

ADMINISTRATORS

Scott MajorScott Major serves as the Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. 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 OIT also serves as a vehicle for the creation and launch of innovative and strategic services and programs.

Prior to assuming his leadership role at the BCIU in June 2018, Scott served our country as a Communications/Navigations System Technician in the United States Marine Corps and is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran. Following his time in the Marine Corps, he worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at Herley Industries, Computer Services Coordinator at Lancaster Laboratories, Network Manager at Dickinson College, Director of Network Services at Elizabethtown College, Director of Technology at Lancaster County Career and Technology, and Director of Information Technology at Boyertown Area School District.

Scott holds an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Irvine Valley College, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science from Elizabethtown College, a Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University completing his doctoral studies as a Doctor of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. In addition, he has attained several certifications in the field of Information Technology and cybersecurity including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

cherizCherie Zimmerman serves as the assistant director of the Office of Information 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 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).


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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:

  • Consulting, design, and implementation of local-area and wide-area computer networks
  • Software services, including K-12 financial, student, and special education management support software, and more
  • Recommendation, evaluation, and purchasing of educational software and hardware products
  • Development of property tax billing/tracking systems.

The Office of Information Technology is composed of two programs:

  • Infrastructure & Operations (I&O)
  • Software Applications Services (SAS)



contacts:
Scott Major – 610-987-8507 – scomaj@berksiu.org
Cherie Zimmerman – 610-987- 8567 – chezim@berksiu.org