Zinkula, Tooley leave Cornell

MOUNT VERNON – Mark Zinkula, Cornell College’s treasurer and chief financial officer since April 2006, has resigned from Cornell to become CEO of Legal and General Investment Management America (LGIMA), a subsidiary of a leading London-based asset management firm.
Mark Zinkula

Meanwhile, Brenda Tooley, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college since July 2005, is on leave pursuing other opportunities.

“We appreciate what both Mark and Bren have done for Cornell,” said Cornell President Les Garner. “Mark has done a wonderful job as chief financial officer and this is a terrific opportunity for him. Bren has brought a fresh and enthusiastic perspective to academics at Cornell and I wish her the best in her endeavors.”

Prior to Cornell, Zinkula was Global Head of Fixed Income at AEGON. The Mount Vernon native and his wife, Terri, will maintain their Mount Vernon home.

“It has been very rewarding to be part of the Cornell community during this period of tremendous positive momentum,” Zinkula said.

Tooley arrived on campus from Colorado College where she was acting dean.

“It has been an honor to be a member of the Cornell community,” Tooley said. “I have enjoyed working with departments and individuals on the many things Cornell has underway—especially curricular initiatives such as study abroad and civic engagement, and the expansion of internal funding for faculty development. Mike and I have made good friends here and will remember Cornell with great fondness. I wish the college community all the best.”