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Jerri L. Bland joined the School of Government in 2019 as an adjunct instructor with the MPA program. Jerri is the managing director and virtual CIO for Cloud CIO. Bland previously served as the deputy chief information officer for Columbia University and assistant vice chancellor for enterprise applications for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After 20 years of implementing enterprise-level application and business process technology for government agencies and higher education institutions, Bland refocused her talents to help organizations maximize their technology investments. Jerri believes that a positive connection between people, processes, and technology is a pivotal component to achieve operational goals. Bland also works with minority-serving institutions and surrounding communities to improve technology capacity and maximize workforce development opportunities. Bland is a project management professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt. Bland has a BA from the University of New Orleans, a MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University.