Bertolini Begins Term as CAS Alumni Board VP

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Phil-BertoliniPhil Bertolini, a telecommunication's 1985 graduate and 2010 CAS Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, recently was named vice president of the CAS Alumni Board. He has served on the board the past three years and took over as vice president on Jan. 1.

Bertolini is the deputy county executive and chief information officer for Oakland County, Mich., where he oversees all technology and facility operations, business continuity recovery, and technology strategic planning for the county government. He was appointed to the position in January 2005 by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

"Throughout my career in government, I have learned what it means to give back to your community," Bertolini said. "Attending MSU changed my life and working with the Alumni Board allows me to give back to my university. I hope to make a difference in people's lives and the work with CAS gives me that chance."

CAS Dean Pamela Whitten is looking forward to Bertolini stepping into this role on the CAS Alumni Board. "He is a true Spartan in every way with a reputation for excellence and innovation, and a strong track record for getting things done. As a technology executive, he knows firsthand what opportunities we as a college need to provide our students to ensure they are competitive in today's workplace," Dean Whitten said.

Bertolini began his career with Oakland County in 1988 with the Equalization Division. Prior to serving as deputy county executive and chief information officer, he was the county's director of information technology.

One of the government technology programs Bertolini has overseen is the development of the G2G Cloud Solutions initiative, Oakland County's government-to-government service, which offers online payment collection and Web publishing for other local governments. It was developed by Oakland County to improve government services by sharing technology with other government agencies at little or no cost.

"A career in government requires dedication, the willingness to serve and a need to work with people. I learned these skills at MSU as I worked my way through my CAS education," Bertolini said. "Serving other people is a noble endeavor, but having the skills to work with people and the need to communicate effectively must be acquired through a quality education. I received that education at MSU and giving back is the right thing to do."

Bertolini has written a number of resources to help other organizations modernize information technology operations, including "IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments," published in 2009, which he co-authored and co-edited.

He recently was one of four people honored by Crain's Detroit Business as a 2013 CIO of the year for innovation in the use of technology strategy, leadership in the industry and a track record of going beyond the call of duty. Winners were honored Oct. 2 at Crain's CIO Summit in Plymouth, Mich.

The White House also honored Bertolini in September 2012 as a Champion of Change, which recognizes individuals for doing extraordinary things to bring about change and make a difference in their communities. Bertolini received the national honor along with 12 others for being committed to creating a more open and innovative government through entrepreneurship.

The White House credited Bertolini as having "created models that can be implemented by other governments interested in improving operations while containing costs." Among other honors and awards, Bertolini also received Government Technology magazine's "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2007" for shaping the future of government.

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