Sherri B. Zimmerman
Ms. Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Operating at a satellite office in Harrisburg, PA, she is the Managing Director of the Administration and Leadership Studies Research & Training Center. This Center provides ongoing research and training opportunities for PhD candidates by matching research needs with research interests among graduate students in the program. In addition, the Center convenes faculty and student project teams to respond to research and training opportunities which advance and apply knowledge on needs-based projects.
With over 30 years in Public Service and transportation much of Ms. Zimmerman’s experience was with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) where she spent 17 years in a variety of roles. Ms. Zimmerman’s most recent position at PennDOT was as Director of Municipal Services. There she directed three divisions, 40 field staff, and a variety of programs aimed at enabling and equipping local government to provide transportation services more efficiently. Responsibilities included the Liquid Fuels Certification Program which distributes more than $330 million annually in liquid fuel fund allocations, the Highway Transfer Program with over $17 million in Highway Transfer Funds, the Agility Program, and a New Product Evaluation Program, among others. In addition, the Central Office and field staff provided technical support to over 2,600 local governments and their associations on fiscal management, project design, contract management and more. She also worked closely with industry professionals and union officials to cultivate mutually-effective relationships.
In addition to her work at IUP, Ms. Zimmerman serves on the Board of Directors for the Central PA Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and chairs the national APWA Donald C. Stone Research Council. Prior to her career at PennDOT, Ms. Zimmerman served four years as a Marine Officer with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point NC where she attained the rank of Captain. She has a BA in Pre-Law from Penn State University, a Master of Science in Business from Boston University, and is working on her PhD in Administration & Leadership Studies at IUP. She is a mother of two children, Aaron and Alyson, and currently resides with her husband, John Chippo, in Mechanicsburg, PA.