As Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Kenyon R. Bonner plays a pivotal role in helping the University of Pittsburgh achieve one of its fundamental goals—educating the whole student. The areas under his purview in the Division of Student Affairs include Student Life, Residence Life, the University Counseling Center, PittServes (student volunteering opportunities), Parent and Family Resources, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, the Career Center, Campus Recreation, Pitt Arts (free attendance to various museums, lectures, and concerts), Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, and New Student Programs.
Dean Bonner earned his EdD in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, his MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling at Kent State University, and his BA in Psychology and Philosophy at Washington and Jefferson College. His research interests include Black male student success, retention and graduation, college student mental health, and diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion. He is the recipient of Washington and Jefferson College’s Waltersdorf Award for Innovation Leadership (2017) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University (2013).
In his spare time, Kenyon likes to spend time with his family, attend his children’s basketball and football games, watch Marvel movies, play videogames, and run. He also serves as the co-chair of the United Way Impact Cabinet, and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross and Family House Pittsburgh.