McDaniel names new Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Tom Zirpoli
December 10, 2013

Dr. Thomas J. Zirpoli was named Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies effective Dec. 9, 2013. Since 1996, Zirpoli has served at the college as Professor of Education, the Laurence J. Adams Distinguished Chair, coordinator of the Human Services Management graduate program, and president and CEO of Target Community & Educational Services, Inc.

In these positions, held concurrently, he has guided the studies of hundreds of students, contributed to the design and development of several new graduate programs, managed a large state-licensed agency serving over 330 children and adults with various disabilities living in Carroll and Montgomery counties and oversees Target’s annual budget of $6.4 million dollars. Since July 1, Zirpoli has served as McDaniel’s interim dean succeeding Dr. Henry Reiff who served as dean since 2008.

As CEO of Target, Zirpoli coordinates partnership with various licensing offices of Maryland, including the Department of Education, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Office of Health Care Quality and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

In November, Zirpoli was named the Westminster Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year and recognized for his embodiment of the Rotary principles and service in the local community.

Zirpoli holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University where he also completed a master’s program and was certified to teach in Virginia. He completed a Ph.D. in Education with a Special Education specialty from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in 1986. He has written three textbooks on behavior management, including a bestseller, “Behavior Management: Applications for Teachers and Parents,” now in its sixth edition. He also writes a weekly newspaper column published in the Carroll County Times on topics that range from political, international and educational issues.