Systems at MCCC Spell Success
For Alum Gibson Zarkar
N.J.- Gibson Zarkar '04 (A.S. Computer Systems and Networking
Administration) is happiest when helping others. As a customer
engineer at Agilysys, Inc., Technology Solution Group in its
Corporate IT Division headquarters in Edison, N.J., he zeros
in on clients' technical problems. Agilysys, a leading provider
of IT solutions for corporate and public sector customers,
uses technology to help its customers resolve their most complicated
needs in such select markets as the retail and hospitality
"I love troubleshooting," said Zarkar, of Hamilton,
N.J., who joined Agilysys in 2007. "There are all sorts
of fun challenges that make my job enjoyable every day. Mercer
gave me the solid foundation that I needed to grow in the
field," added Zarkar, who has mastered the ins and outs
of a wide range of hardware and software operating systems.
the youngest of seven children from a small, remote village
in Zeegartown, Liberia, West Africa, Zarkar could not have
imagined as a child that he would play a role in the world
of technology. Working from the age of five as a farmhand,
Zarkar had no options for schooling near his home. His fate
changed when an older brother sent him to school in the capital
city, Monrovia. He graduated from St. Christopher's Catholic
High School and migrated to the United States in 2000, settling
with a brother and his family in Hamilton.
of an increasingly high tech world, Zarkar became fascinated with
computers and how they operate. Hearing about Mercer and its affordable
route to a college degree, he enrolled at the college in 2001, immersing
himself in myriad technology-related courses, including voice communication,
network operating, and Linux operating systems. He also gained hands-on
experience learning the intricacies of such network devices as Cisco
router configuration and LAN/WAN technologies.
MCCC was the springboard for his personal and professional development,
Zarkar maintains. He recalls seeking frequent guidance from faculty,
academic advisers, career service specialists and other staff members.
"Everyone, right up to the president, was accessible and approachable,"
he said. On both campuses, he honed his leadership skills, serving
as a senator in the Student Government Association and working in
various offices. Although quite busy, he excelled academicaly, earning
Dean's List and President's List status, as well as several leadership
Upon graduating from Mercer, Zarkar transferred to DeVry University,
where he earned a bachelor's in Network and Communications Management
in 2006. All the while, he got a lot of job experience, working
as a technician/customer service representative at NEXTEL VIP Wireless,
a Help Desk assistant at Colgate-Palmolive Technology, a contractor
at BMC Solution in West Berlin and as an assistant manager at Staples.
Certified as a Dell Systems Expert and Microsoft Systems Administrator,
Zarkar continued on to earn an MBA in Technology Management with
honors from the University of Phoenix Online Campus this past May.
Whether on the job or off, he finds ways to serve the greater community.
For several years, he has volunteered his time overseeing the TV/Audio
recordings ministry at his church, Faith Baptist, in Hamilton.
Zarkar is also founder and president of Gibson IT Solutions, his
virtual IT business, and creator of the website, Stewards of God's
Creation, which provides updates about the building of a school
in Zeegartown, Liberia, his childhood home.
"I strongly encourage everyone to learn from each other and
the world around them," Zarkar said. "By doing so, you
will also open doors for opportunity. Success in life depends on
you, no matter where you come from."
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