BLOOMSBURG -The former mayor of the Town of Bloomsburg and a long-time 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 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, 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 Bloomsburg University's college of business. 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 college of business students.

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.