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Emanuel “Manny” Scrofani’ 61

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Emanuel "Manny" Scrofani' 61

Manny Scrofani devoted his career to education, first as a teacher and then as an educational leader at school, district, state and national levels. He was a teacher in New Jersey and California, a principal and assistant principal in seven California schools, and superintendent of Schools in Napa and Sonoma. He then became an associate professor of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in Southern California.

Dr. Scrofani received his BA in Business Education in 1961 at Montclair State, where he was the captain of one of the four undefeated football teams in the University’s history. As a result of his athletic accomplishments, he was named NJ State College Alumni Association Distinguished Athlete and was the All-State Northern New Jersey Selection Football Team Captain at Seton Hall Prep, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 2007, Dr. Scrofani led the effort, along with his football teammates, to establish the Coach Jerry Edwards Athletic Endowment Fund to honor their coach and to create a special fund to assist men’s sports at Montclair State.

Dr. Scrofani received an MA in Supervision and Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and an EdD in Educational Administration and Management from the University of Northern Colorado. He had post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin, at University of California at Santa Barbara and at Pepperdine University.

Dr. Scrofani has served on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups, and in other leadership positions. He was director of research and evaluation and assistant executive director of board development for the California School Boards Association. He served as commissioner for teacher credentialing for the California State Department of Education. He was on the boards of directors for the California Institute of School Improvement and the California Consortium of Educational Foundations. He was on the advisory boards of the Sonoma State University Administrative Credentialing Program and the Far West Regional Laboratory.

Dr. Scrofani and his wife, Meg, who spent many years as a school principal, now live in Napa Valley in the town of Angwin, Calif.

Bio as of May 2018