Alumnae Board President
Alumna of Saint Ben's hopes to help write history in new role
July 1, 2011
Leading the Alumnae Board would be an honor for most graduates of any alma mater. For Judy Zimmer, though, her recent appointment is fueled by College of Saint Benedict's storied past.
"For nearly 100 years, the bold vision of our founding Sisters has propelled College of Saint Benedict to excellence. Now, it's our turn," Zimmer said. "As alumnae of a college for women, we are the sisterhood that will honor, carry, and expand the legacy of our founding order. I'm excited to help write the next chapter of Saint Ben's history."
Founded in 1913 by Benedictine Sisters, College of Saint Benedict (CSB) is the only Benedictine college for women in the country and the highest ranked Catholic college for women in the country. Saint Ben's is nationally recognized for its promotion of character and values development, international study, and civic engagement. CSB also is a top 3 "up and coming" liberal arts college in the country as cited by peers in U.S. News and World Report. The college currently is planning for its centennial celebration, which will run May 2013 through June 2014, and the implementation of a bold master plan to help meet the needs of higher education and women's development for the next century.
In July, Zimmer began her two-year term as president of the CSB Alumnae Board. Her role is to foster and strengthen the life-long relationship between the college and its 20,000 alumnae, to connect, energize and promote women of Saint Ben's, and to support the mission of CSB as the premier Benedictine College for women in the country. Prior to her appointment as president of the Alumnae Board, Zimmer served three years as chair of the Alumnae Development Committee. The committee established programming to enhance the professional, personal, and spiritual development of alumnae. Ongoing programs include the Job Search Series, which helped alumnae seeking to expand contacts and hone job-hunting skills during a work transition, and Casual Conversations, which encouraged alumnae to meet and discuss issues of the day.
A 1984 graduate of Saint Ben's, Zimmer has worked the last five years as a consultant advocate and career coach for SALO Oberon and NumberWorks in Minneapolis. SALO Oberon and NumberWorks provide talent management services to firms looking to engage highly experienced accounting, finance and human resource professionals for interim projects and direct-hire positions.
College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women's leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. Its values-based and value-added residential liberal arts education provides the framework for fulfilling lives of disciplined inquiry and leadership in careers devoted to the professions, public life and service to others.