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Buffalo native Dennis DePerro named Bonaventure president

Dennis DePerro, a Buffalo native and dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, has been named the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University, the university announced Friday.

DePerro will take office June 1, 2017.

The new president will be officially introduced to the campus community by Robert Daugherty, chair of the college board of trustees, at a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday in Rigas Theater of the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“Dennis is a great fit for St. Bonaventure University. His innovative enrollment efforts, allied health program development, and commitment to the liberal arts in a Catholic setting make him an ideal president,” Daugherty said.

DePerro, 57, was vice president for enrollment management at Le Moyne for 18 years before becoming the first dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in 2013.

“The Jesuits have had a profound impact on my life, but my foundation is Franciscan,” said DePerro, who attended Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo. “To have the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution is something I never could have imagined as a student at Timon. I’m deeply grateful to the members of the Board of Trustees and those members of the campus community who have extended this measure of faith in me. I’m humbled and honored.”

DePerro will take over from interim president Andrew Roth, who became president Aug. 1 after the retirement of Sister Margaret Carney.

DePerro has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master's in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor's degree in biology from Canisius College.

Before working at Le Moyne, DePerro was dean of admission and financial aid at Marietta College in Ohio from 1990 to 1995. Prior to that, he worked in admissions and alumni relations at Canisius for eight years.

DePerro's wife, Sherry, is a vice president at a Syracuse-based financial advisory firm, Cadaret, Grant and Co. They have two sons who attend Providence College.

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