Dr. Jill M. Hackman joined the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) on June 1, 2009. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she served as the assistant executive director for the organization, a position she held for two years.
From January 2014 through August 2014, Dr. Hackman assumed the role of acting executive director; her leadership and service during that time were critical to the success of the Reading School District project. As assistant executive director, she led BCIU’s efforts to develop a county-wide safety plan to respond to incidents that threaten the safety of children in schools.
From 2009 through 2012, she served as the director of early childhood and student services, BCIU’s largest office that provides programs and services to more than 5,000 children.
Dr. Hackman brings extensive school district administrative experience to her role as executive director, having served as assistant superintendent, director of student services, and as a teacher and facilitator in the field of special education. She is a member of the University of Pennsylvania School Study Council, serves as a board member on the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), United Way of Berks County, and the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. In addition, she is on the Advisory Board of Penn State Berks, is Vice Chairman of the Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC), President of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU), and Superintendent of Record of the Berks Career and Technology Center.
In September 2019, Dr. Hackman was selected by Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera to serve with him on the Coherence Lab Fellowship, a research initiative which brings together state, district, and school leaders for an 18-month fellowship, focusing on policy and best education practices.
Dr. Hackman is committed to ensuring that BCIU provides high quality and cost effective programs and services for Berks County school districts, charter schools, private schools, and other organizations and agencies that serve children. She is a strong advocate for public education with elected officials, and will continue to foster partnerships with business and community agencies to strengthen educational programs in Berks County.