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Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to ACCT Diversity Committee

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, former Chair of the Union County College Foundation and member of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, has been elected to the Association of Community College Trustees’ Diversity Committee.

The Diversity Committee ensures the leadership of ACCT of the involvement of historically underrepresented diverse populations within the governance activities of the organization. The Committee promotes respect for and acceptance of diverse individuals and advances awareness and educational opportunity for underrepresented populations. It advises the ACCT Board by strengthening the links with the minority membership, identifying issues that require member input and recommending strategies to gather input.

Mrs. Zimmermann, a resident of Summit, describes herself as a “professional volunteer.” In addition to the time she devotes to Union County College, she also commits her time to other organizations. In July 2010, Mrs. Zimmermann was named Volunteer of the Month by SAGE Eldercare. In 2015, she was the first recipient of SAGE’s Bob Abelson Carry the Torch Award, for her many years as a volunteer to the Meals on Wheels program as well as other community organizations. Mrs. Zimmermann also participates in Summit’s “Loaves and Fishes” food pantry at St. Teresa of Avila Church, sorting and bagging grocery staples for families in need.

Mrs. Zimmermann serves as one of five commissioners on the Summit Housing Authority. The SHA owns and manages 195 low-rent family, elderly and handicapped housing units. The authority is also the City of Summit’s designated local redevelopment agency and administers the City’s Community Development Block Grants Program. The Authority is responsible for the administrative aspects of the management, development and rehabilitation of affordable lower income housing.

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s 19 Associate degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees.

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