Frank N. Zullo, Esq., who served on University of Bridgeport’s Board of Trustees for 27 years to shepherd the campus from near financial collapse to its current transformation as a leader in educational programming, has died.

He was 85.

Mr. Zullo was elected to the UB Board of Trustees in May 1991 and had served as Co-Chair from 2000 until his death on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Mr. Zullo joined the UB board when waves of economic hardship roiled much of New England in the early 1990s. At UB, the threat of bankruptcy and plummeting enrollment threatened the school’s future.

“Frank was one of the key architects of UB’s recovery. Along with fellow board members, he had the vision, skills, and courage to make tough decisions that were required to help UB climb out of its deep financial morass. Personally committed to our students’ success, he loved hearing about their accomplishments and personally encouraged students to pursue their dreams whenever he came to campus. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of working with him,” said UB President Neil A. Salonen.

President Salonen served on the University’s board with Mr. Zullo, beginning in 1992 before being appointed president of UB in 2000. He will speak at Mr. Zullo’s funeral at St. Philip Church in Norwalk at 10 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018.

Mr. Zullo passed the Connecticut Bar exam while he was still a student at Fordham University Law School. In 1959, he entered the partnership of Tierney & Zullo in 1959 (currently Tierney, Zullo, Flaherty & Murphy, P.C.).

Dedicated to public service, he served three terms as Democratic mayor of Norwalk and was a founder and former president of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors, where he also served on its executive board. His other trusteeships included Norwalk Hospital, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, and the YMCA.