Christopher Bolgiano, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s academic and programs administrator for the College of Education, transferred from USF Tampa in August 2013 to assist Dean Terry Osborn and the faculty achieve a successful re-accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). “I also want to master the USFSM Course Scheduling systems and responsibilities for the College of Education,” said Bolgiano.
He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University and prior to his current position, worked as an administrative manager at Cornell University, as a fiscal & business administration manager at USF Tampa and as operations manager of twin- 30-story commercial office towers in Denver.
Along with his considerable administrative skills, Bolgiano has a background in figure skating. “As a young child, I loved watching the figure skating broadcasts of the Olympics and World Figure Skating competitions, he said. “At age 9, I joined the Cornell University Figure Skating Club and started taking lessons.”
Although his days on the ice have ended, Bolgiano maintains his love for skating and has enjoyed watching Olympic hopefuls train at the nearby Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. “Seeing the skaters running through their competitive programs during an afternoon practice session moved me to tears,” Bolgiano said. “Was I inspired to get back on the ice after 40 years? Absolutely!”
After four decades away from figure skating and a recent full hip replacement, Bolgiano has taken to other activities such as swimming, bridge, sailing, dancing, volunteering at the Sarasota County Jail and being an active member and lector at Trinity/MCC Church. He also supports his 90-year-old mother who lives in a Continuing Care Retirement Community in New York and shares with his life partner, David Croxford, the daily care responsibilities of their 105-year-old (in dog years) Dachshund “Miss Eloise”, who is blind, deaf, diabetic and likes to be taken for walks every three to four hours.
Coming up on Bolgiano’s agenda is a conversation with his orthopedist. That’s because he’s hoping to get approval for ice dancing group lessons—with an age-appropriate cohort, of course.