Kenyon R. Bonner

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Key Areas

Student-led programs • Student Affairs services • student resources • student support • student health/welfare • residence life • campus recreation • parent/family resources • student life • volunteer opportunities • campus recreation

Vice Provost Role

The Office of the Dean promotes and ensures a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning and social environment for all students. The office supports development, well-being/engagement, and success by connecting students with resources and networks needed to maximize their college experience, both in and out of the classroom. The office advises and empowers students by facilitating the resolution of judicial, personal, or other matters that may affect students’ quality of life or the pursuit of their goals. To achieve these ends, the office provides leadership, oversight, and assistance to the Division of Student Affairs and works in concert with other University departments and Schools.

Professional Biography

Kenyon R. Bonner, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, plays a pivotal role in helping the University achieve one of its fundamental goals—educating the whole student—through a variety of programs and services. The areas under his purview in the Division of Student Affairs include: Student Life, Residence Life, University Counseling Center, PittServes (student volunteering opportunities), Parent and Family Resources, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, Career Center, Disability Resources and Services, Campus Recreation, Pitt Arts (free attendance to various museums, lectures, and concerts), Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development, and New Student Programs.

Bonner joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2004 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. Prior to his January 2015 appointment as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students (he gained permanent appointment in March 2016), Bonner served for seven years as Associate Dean of Students and as the Director of Student Life for 11 years. In these roles, he was responsible for managing a comprehensive educational, social, and experiential learning program for students that included New Student Orientation and First-Year Experience programs; student governments; the Student Organization Resource Center (supporting 600+ student organizations); The Pitt News and WPTS Radio (student-run newspaper and radio) and student unions. Bonner was also instrumental in developing the University’s Reaching Inside Your Soul for Excellence (RISE) Mentoring Program.

Education & Training

  • EdD in Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania
  • MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling, Kent State University
  • BA in Psychology and Philosophy, Washington and Jefferson College

Research Interests

  • Black Male Student Success
  • Retention and Graduation
  • College Student Mental Health
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Awards

  • Recipient of Washington and Jefferson College’s Waltersdorf Award for Innovation Leadership, 2017
  • Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University, 2013