Kenyon Bonner serves as Vice Provost and Dean of Students, and 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, Parent and Family Resources, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, Career Development and Placement Assistance, Disability Resources and Services, Campus Recreation, Pitt Arts, and Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development.
Bonner joined the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. Prior to his appointment as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students in January 2015 (he gained permanent appointment to the position 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 Pitt students that includes New Student Orientation and First-Year Experience programs, the Pitt Program Council, student governments, a Student Organization Resource Center that provides support for more than 430 student organizations, the student newspaper (The Pitt News) and radio station (WPTSRadio), Parent and Family Resources, and student union operations, programs and services. Bonner also oversaw the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development, Office of Intramurals and Recreation, and the Office of PittServes, along with the University’s RISE Mentoring Program.
Bonner graduated with a BA in psychology and philosophy from Washington and Jefferson College, where he balanced his roles as a student-athlete and student leader. An Edward Moffat Weyer Scholar for his achievements in the Department of Philosophy, Bonner was the inaugural president of the Washington and Jefferson College Black Student Union (BSU); and, as a member of the men’s basketball team, Bonner helped his team capture three consecutive conference championships. Bonner completed his MEd in rehabilitation counseling at Kent State University. In 2013, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University, the highest honor that Pitt bestows on staff. He is pursuing his doctorate degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, Bonner trains for 10K and half-marathon competitions and participates in community service. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in McCandless, Pa., with his wife Sylvana and their four children.