Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD)

Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD)

New Approach to Business Education

Terry and JoAnn Zeigler

Terry Zeigler '76, president and CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., and wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler '77, endowed the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD) to help students cultivate professional skill sets, while developing a deeper understanding of how the functional areas of business interrelate. Terry Zeigler's experiences as 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, which develops and markets E-payment interfaces that enable cash register and business system providers to add E-payments to their systems.


Bloomsburg University's Zeigler Institute for Professional Development is a comprehensive educational experience designed to build the personal and professional capacities necessary for career success through training and education in business etiquette, professional attire, interviewing, networking and resume writing.

Through ZIPD, students ...

  • learn about careers early on, to see where their true interests lie
  • gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness of the primary areas in business; marketing, management, accounting and finance
  • systematically prepare for success in the business world across all four years
  • increase knowledge about opportunities and expectations for a better understanding of career exploration and management
  • expand their understanding of current conditions and what it means to be a professional in their field of interest or major
  • set themselves apart by acquiring the tools to be a successful professional.

"My personal experiences through ZIPD conferences have taught me tools that I utilize in my everyday life. The ZIPD conferences I have attended have also enabled me to network, which has led to professional relationships and even interviews with possible employers. The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development is one of the best resources Bloomsburg University has to offer and that is why I recommend to all BU students to utilize this tool for their advantage."

- Sarkis Gulasarian, Bloomsburg COB Major

“The ZIPD Business Conference} allows for engaging interaction between current students and successful alumni who share their career experience and wisdom with our undergraduate students,”

President Bashar W. Hanna