A retired scholar with broad-ranging expertise in higher education, Don Zingale's forty-year career was devoted to the preparation of professional practitioners in an eclectic mix of health, human service and technological disciplines at public comprehensive and polytechnic institutions. Dr. Zingale’s posts included Founding Dean of the College of Health & Human Services at San Francisco State University, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the California Maritime Academy and President of the State University of New York, Cobleskill. Don is widely recognized for his efficacy in strategic planning, budget management and academic stewardship, and for his extensive knowledge of academic programming, including learning assessment, enrollment management and institutional studies.
Don’s professional portfolio is noteworthy for transformational change in collegiate startups, reorganizations and complex community partnerships with multiple stakeholders. In addition, he has been the principal investigator or executor of numerous grants, contracts and capital planning projects with private and governmental support approaching $100 million. An engaged public servant, Zingale has held appointments to the Police Commission of the City of Richmond, California and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco Board of Education. He was a principal in the establishment of San Francisco's Lake Merced Task Force and in the development of a multi-agency proposal for an aquatics center at Ferry Point on San Francisco Bay.
Don grew up in Brooklyn, New York and is the first in his family to have attended college. He earned a BS in health and physical education from Brooklyn College in 1967 and a MS in physical education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1969. At The Ohio State University, Zingale earned a PhD in physical education in 1973. While a professor at California State University, Sacramento, he completed a MSW program at that institution in 1984. During his career, Dr. Zingale also held licensure as an LCSW and MFCC in California.
For the past 25 years, Don and his spouse Lydia Cruz have lived and sailed in Point Richmond. Lydia, a Sacramento native, is a retired Registered Nurse with BS and MS degrees whose clinical and/or educational posts have included Sutter Memorial Hospital, CSU Sacramento, UC Davis and UCSF. Daughter Isabella graduated from St. Cecilia’s School in San Francisco, Marin Catholic High School and California State University Long Beach. Granddaughter McKenna attends Resurrection School in Santa Clara.
Don’s passions include food, wine, family and the sea. What else would you expect from someone who is Sicilian?!