Technology consortium names interim executive director, board
Lonnie Emard has been named interim director of the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, a collaboration of business, academic and economic development organizations that will build information technology (IT) opportunities in South Carolina.
The consortium, a collaboration among BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, IBM, and the University of South Carolina was formed in 2008 to grow IT talent, nurture IT management expertise and cultivate related business and organizational relationships. It now includes 14 member organizations.
“This is a unique collaboration that converges business, academia and economic development to foster growth in education in the Palmetto State and across the nation,” said Emard. “I’m honored to be at the helm of a new endeavor that has such a huge potential for success for South Carolina and the Southeast.”
The consortium’s board will include Stephen K. Wiggins, chairman, and members Ravi Ravindra, BlueCross chief technology architect; Dr. Christine Curtis, the university’s vice provost for faculty development; Dr. Sheryl Kline, the university’s interim dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management; Andy Bernardin, IBM client director; and Mark Anzani, IBM vice president of System z client technical support.
Emard earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has experience leading and managing business and educational organizations. He will be responsible for the strategic and tactical operations of the consortium, as well as its financial management and planning for its location in Innovista, the university’s research district.
The consortium will address growing IT hiring challenges, such as recruiting students for technology careers in insurance, banking, retail, airlines, petroleum and other industries dependent on high-volume transaction processing. It also will dedicate efforts to directing students to companies that are hiring IT professionals.
The consortium will be housed in Horizon II, which is being constructed at Innovista. The facility will have meeting rooms and classrooms for academic preparation in the business of IT, including post-graduate training of business and academic professionals, and will host activities for secondary school students, including computer camps.
It also will be home to incubator opportunities and have space for applied business research. Participating companies and universities, as well as students, will have opportunities to engage in experiential learning using the data center and business-like environment provided by IBM.
Groups interested in joining can call 877-214-3513 for more information.