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Wheeling Jesuit welcomes new
Dean of Student Development

Dan Dentino, who has 18 years            “I am grateful for the oppor-      develop new student mentoring
experience working with college      tunity to serve the students at        programs and improve reten-
students at religiously affiliated   Wheeling Jesuit University, and        tion rates. From 2003-2012, he
universities, has been named         my family is thrilled to be part       worked at Ave Maria University
Wheeling Jesuit University’s dean    of the community. I am deeply          in Florida, where he served as
of student development.              committed to student success; in       vice president for student affairs
                                     the classroom, on the field, and       and dean of students. During that
    A theology major at Francis-     in the residence hall. My passion      time, he established the inter-
can University of Steubenville, the  is helping students achieve their      collegiate athletics department,
Peoria, Ill., native is happy to be  full potential as a reflection of the  assisted in developing the study
back in the Ohio Valley — a place    Ignatian principle of ’care for the    abroad programs, and helped
he knows very well. His wife, Mary,  whole person’ — they deserve           grow the institution from 200 stu-
who he met as an undergrad, is       nothing less and I look forward        dents to more than 1,000. From
from Wintersville, Ohio.             to partnering with them in this        2001-03, Dentino was at Ave
                                     process.” Dentino said.                Maria College in Ypsilanti, Mich.
    “Dan’s wealth of experience in
the area of student development          He comes to WJU from the               In addition to his undergrad-
will be a benefit to our universi-   University of Saint Mary in Leav-      uate degree, Dentino holds a
ty. I know he will have a positive   enworth, Kan., where he was vice       master of arts in religious studies
impact at WJU by building new        president for student life. During     from Providence College and a
programs and activities for our      his time there, Dentino created        doctorate of philosophy in sys-
students. I welcome him to the       relationships that strengthened        tematic theology from Duquesne
WJU community and look forward       student satisfaction and achieve-      University in Pittsburgh.
to working with him,” said Rev.      ment, expanded the office of
James Fleming, S.J., president of    student success by implementing
Wheeling Jesuit.                     a career services center, increased
                                     residential occupancy, enhanced
    Dentino will oversee all as-     student activities, and created
pects of campus life from student    new leadership programs and
activities and engagement to         training for students and staff.
residential and commuter life. He
also will supervise the following        Dentino was dean of student
departments: residence life, stu-    development at Bethany College
dent activities, student conduct,    in Lindsborg, Kan., for two years
campus security, the health center   where he helped the college
and performing arts.

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