Landmark gift establishes Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Landmark gift establishes Zeigler Institute for Professional Development

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development An alumni couple has contributed $1.67 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation — the largest philanthropic gift in the foundation's history.

Terry Zeigler ’76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, are sponsoring the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) within BU’s College of Business. The institute will focus on professionalism and the interconnectedness of functional business areas.

ZIPD has an official launch date of Aug. 29, 2011, the first day of the fall semester, and all College of Business students will be required to participate in this program, starting in fall 2013.

Terry Zeigler’s experiences as the co-founder of a small company convinced the couple of the importance of interconnected business education. Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems. Blending individual expertise in operations, business and engineering, the firm has become the leading supplier in its market niche, enjoying 28 years of continued growth and financial success.

Terry and JoAnn Zeigler Datacap Systems develops and markets electronic payment interfaces that enable cash register and business system providers to add electronic payments to their systems.

The idea behind ZIPD grew from the Zeiglers’ belief that business education should be delivered from a “top-down perspective” and include exposure to various careers within the business field.

The institute will give BU students a detailed look at the business environment, starting in their freshman year with Introduction to Business and integrated throughout the College of Business curriculum.

“We are grateful to the Zeiglers for sharing the insight only real-world experience can provide and thank them for their dedication to the education of tomorrow’s business leaders,” said BU President David Soltz. “The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development will give our students a distinct advantage. They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

The Zeiglers also support an endowed scholarship awarded to an academically talented student with financial need. Information on supporting BU programs, scholarships and other opportunities through the Bloomsburg University Foundation is available at www.bloomufdn.org or by calling (570) 389-4524.