Graduate technology and information systems courses
Ed.D. Technology, Nova University, 1985
M.A. Student Personnel Services, Montclair State University
B.A. Social Science, Montclair State University
Dr. Donald Cole has a long history with Hodges University. In 1992, he began working for International College as an adjunct faculty member. In May 2007, he became the first dean of the Fisher School of Technology, and in fall 2009, he stepped down as dean, but continued to teach as a full-time faculty member.
Earlier in his career, while living in New York, he served as the department head and assistant principal at the New School for Social Research. During this time, he was also an EMT, an instructor in advanced first aid and CPR, served as a member of a volunteer rescue squad for 10 years, and served as the assistant chief for two years.
Cole and his wife moved to Cape Coral in 1980, and he was hired as a guidance counselor at Cape Coral High School and later became the director. His interest in electronics and technology grew, so in 1985, he graduated from Nova University with his doctorate.
As a staff member at Cape Coral High School, he helped introduce microcomputers and networking into the school office before going to work in the MIS department in the Lee County School District. His professional experience expanded as he became the network manager and MIS director.
After 20 years in MIS, he retired early and became a full-time professor, for which he continued to serve until 2015, becoming an adjunct.
He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children, five grandchildren, a few cats and a golden retriever named Dixie. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and playing a digital keyboard.