Albany - The SUNY Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Donald
P. Zingale as the next president of SUNY Cobleskill, effective May 1, 2008, at a
salary of $185,000. Earlier this month, Dr. Zingale was nominated for the post
by SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark.
Since June 2004, Donald P. Zingale,
has served as the vice president for academic affairs at The California
Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University System that
offers bachelor’s degrees in specialized fields such as facilities engineering
technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology,
and marine transportation. Previously, Dr. Zingale was the founding dean of the
College of Health & Human Services at San
Francisco State University.
“A native son of New York,
Donald Zingale’s strong record of accomplishment at the California State University
System is very impressive. We now welcome him back home confident in his
ability to effectively lead the students, faculty and staff of SUNY Cobleskill
to higher levels of academic achievement and excellence,” said SUNY Board of
Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden.
“Dr. Zingale brings an expansive portfolio to SUNY as an administrator, a
mentor and a leader,” said Interim Chancellor Clark. “His leadership at California Maritime Academy as
well as his previous experience at universities in California
will serve the SUNY System and the Cobleskill campus very well. I would like to
thank Chairman Paul Berard and the rest of the search committee for their
service and this excellent recommendation, and I commend the Board for
finalizing this appointment.”
Dr. Zingale said, "SUNY Cobleskill is a harmonic convergence of opportunity,
including enhanced baccalaureate curricula, a leading edge emphasis on
experiential education, and an expansion in sponsored projects activity. I am
honored to have been chosen to guide the campus in these endeavors as it
approaches its 100th anniversary."
Interim Chancellor Clark also
thanked Dr. Anne Myers, who has been serving as officer in charge at SUNY
Cobleskill, since previous president Dr. Thomas Haas left the campus to become
president of Grand Valley University in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2006.
Prior to nominating Dr. Zingale, Interim Chancellor Clark received three
recommended finalists from the College Council, which had enlisted a search
committee. The search committee was made up of representatives of the faculty,
administration, students and the college council.
While at the California Maritime Academy, Dr. Zingale:
- Served during a time of
unprecedented growth in enrollment - well over 40 percent in the last 5
- Oversaw the expansion of
academic programs, including business and global studies and maritime
- Helped lay the groundwork
for the school’s first Masters-level program in global supply chain
- Initiated the school’s
first academic conference on International Maritime Education – Teaching
and Learning in the Maritime Environment.
administrative posts held by Dr. Zingale also include the deanship of
California State University, Los Angeles’ College of Health & Human
Services and an associate vice presidency for research & graduate studies
at California State University, Sacramento, where he was also a faculty member
and associate dean in its School of Health & Human Services.
Dr. Zingale’s graduate
training included kinesiology and social work. Colleagues say that this
diversity has provided him with a unique and effective style of hearing,
serving, motivating and guiding groups as well as individuals. Known as a
steward leader and advocate for integrated scholarship, Dr. Zingale’s
entrepreneurial and proactive approach to academe is widely respected for
informing, empowering and engaging faculty and staff in collectively
Dr. Zingale has an M.S.W. in Social Work (Mental Health) from California State University, Sacramento; a
Ph.D. in Physical Education from The Ohio State University (Columbus); and
an M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). A native New Yorker, Dr. Zingale received his B.S.
in Physical Education from Brooklyn College.
2,500 students, SUNY Cobleskill is large enough to offer a wide range of
programs and activities, yet small enough to allow for personalized attention
from faculty and staff. Founded in 1916, SUNY Cobleskill is one of the
nation's oldest and best colleges of agriculture and technology.
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