CCIU hires Gerhard as Asst. Ex. Director

Dr. Steve Gerhard

DOWNINGTOWN — The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Board of Directors appointed Dr. Steve Gerhard as its assistant executive director at a virtual Board meeting held on Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited for Dr. Gerhard to join our team at the IU,” said CCIU Executive Director, Dr. George F. Fiore. “Dr. Gerhard’s proven leadership and extensive experience in supporting students will be a great asset to Chester County and all that we serve. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Gerhard and how he will accelerate the CCIU’s vision and mission.”

Gerhard has served as the superintendent of the Governor Mifflin School District in Berks County, PA since 2015. In this role, Gerhard championed the development and strategic efforts of district leadership and staff to improve social, emotional and academic programs for students and families.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join the Chester County Intermediate Unit in service to the students and staff,” said Gerhard. “The high-quality staff, visionary leadership, exceptional quality of service and vast array of educational programming are among the many characteristics that make the CCIU a community and educational service exemplar model in the state of Pennsylvania.”

Gerhard will begin his duties as CCIU assistant executive director on January 4, 2021.

“Going forward, it will be a team effort between Dr. Fiore, Dr. Gerhard and CCIU administrative leadership,” said Bonnie Wolff, CCIU Board President. “I am confident that Dr. Fiore and the CCIU division directors will share their organizational knowledge with Dr. Gerhard to ensure that his transition from superintendent to IU assistant executive director is a smooth one.” Gerhard has more than two decades of experience in educational leadership. In his nearly 30 years working in public education, he has built a strong reputation for successfully coaching leadership teams toward strategic and measurable growth goals grounded in community service and future-focused education.

Before taking on the role of superintendent at Governor Mifflin School District, Gerhard served as an assistant superintendent in both the Wilson School District and Twin Valley School District where he worked to develop his mentoring style while leading dynamic administrative teams and implementing programs that resulted in academic gains. As the Director of Professional Development for Discovery Education, Gerhard collaborated with school leaders nationwide in meaningful implementation of classroom technology.

Gerhard has a proven track record of engaging and partnering with external stakeholders in the public and private sectors to help achieve shared community goals and build efficiency in practice. He is a strong advocate for excellence while maintaining fiscal stewardship. In addition to being an active member of his school community, he has served the larger educational community as an Educator in Residence for Alvernia University, a Certified Facilitator for the National Institute for School Leadership’s Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program, Chair of the Berks County School District’s Health Trust and as a Member of the Berks Business Education Coalition. Gerhard earned his doctorate in Educational and Leadership Administration from Immaculata University.

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