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Dr. Sal D. Rinella  Bio
Dr. Sal D. Rinella Senior Associate
Former President, Austin Peay State University

197 Desert Falls Drive • East Palm Desert, CA 92211 • 310-867-3819 (M)


Specialties: Strategic planning and positioning, performance assessment, identifying transformational programs and initiatives, formulating partnerships to advance the institution, and team development

About Dr. Sal D. Rinella
For more than 25 years, Dr. Sal D. Rinella served in executive positions for numerous institutions, including Austin Peay State University, where he was president for six years. He also was vice president for administration at California State University Fullerton, vice chancellor for business and finance at the University of Michigan Dearborn, and assistant director of institutional research and planning for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

For the past 14 years, Dr. Rinella has served as a consultant to all sectors of higher education.   Dr. Rinella also has served as facilitator and author for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) roundtables and monographs, leading discussions of timely topics, including “New Forces and Realities: Making the Adjustment and The Presidential Role in Disaster Planning and Response.”

Service Highlights:

  • Past president and member, SCUP Board of Directors
  • Chair, SCUP International Conference
  • Past chair, Chief Administrative and Business Officers Association of the California State University System
  • Member, Special Olympics of Los Angeles Advisory Board
  • Past chair, Clarksville, Tennessee, March of Dimes Annual Campaign
  • Past member, Board of Progressive Directions, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Past member, Family Services Association of Orange County, California
  • Past member, Henry Ford Hospital (Dearborn, Michigan) Board of Directors
  • Charter president, Sunrise Rotary Club, Dearborn Heights, Michigan


  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society
  • Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society in Education
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society in Education
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society
  • Alumni Hall of Honor, St. Peter Chanel High School, Bedford, Ohio, 1991
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Detroit, Michigan, 1984
  • Fellowship, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1973-1975
  • Fellowship, National Science Foundation in Math and Science Education. 1969-71


  • Ph.D., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
  • M.Ed., Cleveland State University
  • B.A., Ohio University