Albany - SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark today
nominated Dr. Donald P. Zingale to be the next president of SUNY Cobleskill.
The nomination will go before the SUNY Board of Trustees for final approval at
its next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 15,
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 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.
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.”
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 years;
Oversaw the expansion of academic
programs, including business and global studies and maritime affairs;
Helped lay the groundwork for the
school’s first Masters-level program in global supply chain security; and
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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