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Jason Bentley Named Dean for Retention and Student Success

Ferris State UniversityJason Bentley will become the next dean for Retention and Student Success at Ferris State University, effective Aug. 8, 2017, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Blake.

“Jason’s broad experience and his understanding and success in dealing with challenges in retention and degree completion will be an asset to the entire university community,” Blake said.

Bentley currently serves as vice president of Student Success at Morehead State University, located in Morehead, Kentucky. His responsibilities there include enrollment, financial aid, early college (dual credit), advising and retention, disability services, recreation and wellness, counseling and health services, housing and NCAA athletics. He spent 16 years at Central Michigan University in a number of positions, including director of the Office of Student Success; an appointment over Special Projects for Enrollment Management and Retention Initiatives, and director/chair of First-Year Seminars.

In addition to administrative positions, Bentley taught courses in Leadership, Honors and Human Environmental Studies at CMU. He was also a visiting scholar for the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education located in Brevard, North Carolina.

“It is an honor to join the Ferris State University community,” Bentley said. “I look forward to supporting our students through collaborations that advance their success.”

Bentley earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from CMU.

Click Retention and Student Success to learn more about this area of the university.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jason Bentley from Morehead State University, Kentucky, has been named Dean for Retention and Student Success at Ferris State University, effective August 8, 2017.