Kenyon Bonner joins senior leadership; new dean of students sought

The University of Pittsburgh plans to reorganize the scope of Student Affairs to better serve Pitt’s regional campuses.

As a part of this restructuring, Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner will take on a new role with University leadership as vice provost for student affairs and step away from his role as dean of students, according to Pittwire.

“I look forward to guiding this revisioning of Student Affairs. I know there is much opportunity ahead,” Bonner said in Pittwire. “I believe that my vantage point in this new role will benefit students across all Pitt campuses and allow the University to offer an even more robust student experience to them.” 

In his new role, Bonner will serve as the liaison to Student Affairs for Pitt’s regional campuses and join the chancellor’s senior leadership team. Bonner will advise Pitt leaders on student affairs and continue his efforts on improving diversity, equity and inclusion at Pitt.

Marc Harding, vice provost for enrollment, will chair the national search committee to identify the new dean of students, who will report to Bonner, who will stay on in that role until a new dean is selected.

This new reorganization, according to Pittwire, will bring Pitt’s Student Affairs operations more in line with its peer institutions.

“The University of Pittsburgh’s success is intricately linked to the success of our students—both during their time on our campuses and long after graduation day,” Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in Pittwire. “No one understands this relationship better than Kenyon, who has dedicated his career to supporting the important work of educating tomorrow’s leaders.”   

— Donovan Harrell


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