UCNJ Board Member Mary M. Zimmermann Concludes Term as Chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

Cranford, NJ – UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ Board of Governors Chair and Trustees member Mary M. Zimmermann recently completed her two-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC). The NJCCC provides statewide leadership and support of New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges.

Mrs. Zimmermann, of Summit, is a 2001 alumna of the College. With more than 15 years of service on the College’s Boards, Mrs. Zimmermann brought tremendous experience to her role with the NJCCC. As a community college graduate, Mrs. Zimmermann is an advocate for students and understands the needs of community colleges; and in joining the NJCCC, she has always prioritized helping students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree. She was first elected chair of the NJCCC in 2021 and reelected in December 2022.

Describing herself as a “professional volunteer,” Mrs. Zimmermann is involved with a number of organizations. She is active with Meals on Wheels and the food pantry at St. Teresa of Avila Church. She is also past chair of the Summit Housing Authority (SHA), where she served for 16 years. The SHA owns and manages 195 low-rent family, elderly, and handicapped housing units. She is also a member and former Chair of the College’s Foundation Board. Prior to being elected Chair of the NJCCC, she served as Vice Chair and is the UCNJ Board liaison to the NJCCC.  On a national level, Mrs. Zimmermann previously served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and regularly represents the College at ACCT events.

“The College community is proud of the work that Mrs. Zimmermann has done during her time as Chair for NJCCC. What a wonderful opportunity to represent UCNJ on the state level and collaborate with the NJCCC for the benefit of our students and community colleges across New Jersey,” stated UCNJ Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel. “Her dedication to student success has always been paramount, and we thank her for her leadership.”

About the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) was created in 1989 to support and promote New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges that now enroll more than 300,000 people each year in credit, non-credit, and workforce development courses at more than 70 campuses throughout the state. More than 200,000 students – over half of all undergraduate students in public colleges and universities in the state – are enrolled at New Jersey’s Community Colleges. The Community Colleges also enroll nearly 100,000 students in non-credit programs and partner with thousands of businesses to meet their training and workforce needs.

The primary goal of New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges is to meet the ever-changing educational needs of our great state’s residents. Today, through more than 1,700 degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses and customized workforce training programs, New Jersey Community Colleges are helping more students than ever. Further, equity and access priorities are advanced every day with over half of the total undergraduate enrollment in New Jersey Community Colleges coming from minority and traditionally underrepresented populations.​

About UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ 

UCNJ is a public, comprehensive community college that provides quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 two-year colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. UCNJ provides many experiential learning opportunities such as access to a Bloomberg Business Center, Innovation Center, and Student Research hub. Additionally, students at Union attend one of the top 25 community colleges in the country for 2023 as designated by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. To learn more, visit www.ucc.edu.