Dentino Appointed VP for Student Affairs; Dean of Students

June 13, 2019

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Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, joined Canisius in May as the new vice president for student affairs and dean of students. 

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Dentino’s role is to advance the Catholic Jesuit mission of the college and implement initiatives to support diversity and inclusion throughout the Division of Student Affairs. As a strategic leader and integral member of President John J. Hurley’s leadership team, Dentino also advises on current developments in higher education as they relate to student affairs. 

He comes to Canisius from Cleveland State University, where he worked in an interim capacity in student life. Dentino also held vice president positions at Kansas’ University of Saint Mary, Florida’s Ave Maria University and West Virginia’s Wheeling Jesuit University. 

During his tenure at the latter, Dentino developed a new academic success center to more closely align academic resources, academic advising, and the student outreach and retention team. He established a new Diversity and Inclusion Office to better address the needs and concerns of the university’s growing population of first generation students, international students and students of color. Dentino also revised housing protocols and policy to further enhance campus safety and security. 

Dentino earned a doctorate of philosophy and systematic theology from Duquesne University, a master’s in religious studies from Providence College and a bachelor’s in theology from Franciscan University.