Well-known local leads Zeigler Institute

For Immediate Release:  July 1, 2014

ZIPD Director

BLOOMSBURG—The former mayor of the Town of Bloomsburg and longtime member of the local business community has been named director of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD), effective July 1.

The new director, Mary Lenzini Howe, has served as ZIPD’s interim program consultant and director since last September after a career in human resources at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, Bloomsburg Health System and Covenant Clinic, Danville. She was the proprietor of La Groceria, an Italian deli business, for nearly 12 years and served five years as a member of Bloomsburg’s Town Council and one term as mayor.

The Zeigler Institute provides comprehensive educational experiences for all students in BU’s College of Business (COB). As ZIPD director, Howe will organize, coordinate, execute and manage programming and other activities, including the annual ZIPD Business Conference. She also will collaborate with faculty from the College of Business and staff from the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement to develop a network of local, regional and national organizational partners and alumni to provide internships and other experiential learning opportunities to all COB students.

George Ebbs, dean of BU’s College of Business, said, “When Mary joined us as the interim director last fall, she quickly organized the annual conference and became an integral part of the multi-faceted Zeigler Institute. We are pleased students in Bloomsburg’s College of Business will continue to benefit from her energy, dedication and the perspective she gained from her experiences in non-profit, government and private business.”

The Zeigler Institute, established with a $1.67 million gift from BU alumni Terry ’76 and JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, is a systematic approach to preparing students for success in the business world. It builds the personal and professional qualities students need to succeed and helps them understand the interconnectedness of business functions. The curriculum includes an executive speaker series, resume and interviewing seminars, networking opportunities with alumni and executives, and portfolio development. The 2013 ZIPD Business Conference featured presentations on professional development topics by 51 business professionals, including 40 BU alumni.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.