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ETS Senior Director Jeri Bogan Zielinski Recalls
Inspiring Start At MCCC


West Windsor, N.J. – When alumna Jeri Bogan Zielinski (’69) studied Fine Arts at Mercer County Community College in the late 1960s, she traveled to Trenton from rural Flemington. “It was a wonderful experience for this country girl to be going to college in Trenton,” she recalls.  Now the Senior Director for Workplace Management at Educational Testing Service, Zielinski says her start at Mercer provided an excellent foundation for all that she has accomplished.

She remembers her MCCC Fine Arts professors as simply terrific, especially Professor Mel Leipzig, who was also just starting out at Mercer. “Along with other art faculty, he was a natural inspiration for me and my fellow art students.  That quality, coupled with affordable tuition, created an ideal academic environment,” she observes.

After graduating from Mercer, Bogan Zielinski earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Real Estate Management from Peirce College of Philadelphia, a Mini-MBA Certification from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Drexel University.  She is a Certified Property Manager® and a Certified Facilities Manager, and has a Master’s Certification in Commercial Real Estate (MCR).

“Education and learning have always been a passion and a priority for me,” Bogan Zielinski says.  “I encourage all students to continue their education to lay the foundation for their future careers.”

Alumna Jeri Bogan Zielinski is giving back to Mercer
by joining the MCCC Foundation Board.

Bogan Zielinski’s academic background has led to a perfect fit in the Property Management division at Educational Testing Service, where she oversees more than 60 staff members.  As senior director, she is responsible for real estate, space planning and design, interoffice services, Facilities finance, the company’s San Antonio Facilities, and building services and maintenance.
She is a member of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and CoreNet Global.

Zielinski’s early career at ETS included positions in customer service and test center management.  “My job has evolved with increasing responsibilities. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at ETS and have enjoyed the diversity of each position I have held.”

She notes that her Mercer education was a real plus when she applied for her current position.  “The Property Management job required an unusual combination of experience and skills – knowledge of the property management and construction engineering environment, combined with knowledge of Fine Arts.  Bingo!  My MCCC Fine Arts degree definitely helped.”

Bogan Zielinski has been recognized for professional excellence numerous times in her career.  In 2001, she was the recipient of the ETS Vice President’s Award and, in 2004-2005, she was selected for the IREM Past President’s Award.  In 2006, she was selected as the IREM’s Certified Property Manager ® of the Year and in 2007 received the organization’s President’s Award. She currently serves on the Education Committee of CoreNet Global, an organization of corporate real estate executives.

Bogan Zielinski recently decided to give back to her alma mater by joining the MCCC Foundation Board.  She returns to MCCC with a long history of philanthropic activities.

“It just seemed the right time and the right fit to join this Board and work on behalf of a college that is close to my heart. Community colleges are a wonderful resource and beginning for so many students in higher education,” she said.

Volunteering at Mercer adds to a history of philanthropic activities for Bogan Zielinksi. For more than 10 years, she has been active as Co-chair for Special Events for Contact of Mercer County, a crisis hotline based in Pennington.  In 2004, she founded the Families in Crisis Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that assists families who have experienced job loss, medical expenses, or other catastrophic events.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for PlanSmart New Jersey and the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.  She chaired the Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey for and was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010 with its Circle of Honor Award.

Bogan Zielinski encourages MCCC students to figure out what they enjoy and are passionate about.   “That will fuel the drive to achieve the education to get there,” she advises.

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