Area business leaders have been appointed to four-year terms on the governing body of the
University, an important educational resource in the Skylands Region.
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., July 10, 2020—Three area business leaders have been named to four-
year terms on the Centenary University Board of Trustees, announced Wolfgang Gstattenbauer,
board chair. “Centenary University is fortunate to welcome these three professionals to its
Board of Trustees,” said Mr. Gstattenbauer. “We are extremely grateful for the leadership they
will provide to the University, which is such an important educational resource to the Skylands
The new trustees are:
Jill Kracov Zinckgraf—Morristown, N.J.
Jill Kracov Zinckgraf is executive director and chief executive officer of the Domestic Abuse and
Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County (DASACC), a position she has held for seven
years. Previously, she served as director of development for Oasis—A Haven for Women and
Children in Paterson, director of development and public relations for Women Aware, Inc. in
New Brunswick, and domestic violence response team, fundraising, and events coordinator for
the Passaic County Women’s Center in Paterson. Dr. Zinckgraf earned an associate degree from
the County College of Morris, a bachelor’s from William Paterson University, a Master of Public
Administration from Rutgers University, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from
Michael J. Gulotta—Flemington, N.J.
Michael J. Gulotta is the founder and chief executive officer of Deo Volente Farms, a world-class
breeding center for standardbreds located in Flemington, N.J. Prior to founding Deo Volente
Farms, he was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Actuarial Sciences
Associates, Inc., leading the firm’s public policy presence, including testifying before Congress.
In the public sector, he was chairman of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Council and
served on the transition teams for two New Jersey governors. A graduate of Queens College of
the City University of New York, Mr. Gulotta is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters from Centenary University in 2009.
Lester Aron—Livingston, N.J.
An experienced legal and business advisor to educational, corporate, and government clients,
Lester Aron is the former director of the New Jersey Office of Employee Relations. He also
served as chief of staff at Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar, and as senior vice
president and general counsel at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which
is now part of Rutgers University. A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Aron earned a degree
from the Georgetown University Law Center and a certificate in higher education management
from Harvard University’s Institute for Education Management.
ABOUT CENTENARY UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career
orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in
the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in
Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary
University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.