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Jason Bentley, EdD

Jason Bentley, EdD

Jason Bentley, EdD
Jason Bentley, EdD

Dean, Retention and Student Success & Interim Dean, Ferris Library for Information Technology and Education
Dean's Office
Phone: (231) 591-2428
Email: [email protected]


  • EdD, Central Michigan University, Educational Leadership, Research Methods / College Student Development
  • BSEd, Central Michigan University, History, Earth Science
  • MA, Central Michigan University, Educational Administration & Community Leadership (EACL)


Dr. Jason Bentley serves Ferris in the multifaceted role as Dean of Retention and Student Success and as Interim Dean for the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE).

Dr. Bentley oversees the efforts of the Academic Literacies Center (ALC), Developmental Curriculum Department, Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), Honors Program, Media Production, Structured Learning Assistance, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships, the Ferris State University Seminar (FSUS) Program, and MyDegree, Ferris's degree audit platform.

Prior to arriving at Ferris, Dr. Bentley served as vice president of Student Success at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. His responsibilities included 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 as director/chair of First-Year Seminars.

In addition to administrative positions, Dr. 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 in Brevard, North Carolina.

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


  • Oral Presentation
    McCall, D. (Author & Presenter), Bentley, J. (Author & Presenter), Jadhav, E. (Author & Presenter), NASPA Conference on Student Success in Higher Education, "Understanding and Supporting Identity Transition ​ Among First-Generation Students​," NASPA, Virtual, (June 30, 2021).
  • Lecture
    Burbatt, E., Bentley, J., Extended Orientation Institute 2017, "Beyond Access: Supporting Low-Income Students," NODA, Athens, GA, (December 2, 2017).