Thomas Buttafarro Jr.
Director of Board, Community & Government Relations
Executive Assistant to the President
Dennis DePerro, Ed.D., the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University, took office June 1, 2017.
A Buffalo native, Dr. DePerro was one of Le Moyne’s first two participants in the inaugural Ignatian Colleagues Program, a national program developed to strengthen lay leadership through formation and focus on Jesuit mission and vision.
During Dr. DePerro’s 18 years as vice president for enrollment, Le Moyne’s undergraduate enrollment grew from 1,680 to 2,400, while graduate enrollment rose from 390 to 650 over the same period.
Dr. DePerro holds a doctorate in higher education management (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in educational administration and supervision (1988) from Canisius, and a bachelor’s in biology from Canisius (1981). His research has focused on integrated marketing and strategic planning in higher education.
He has served on a variety of advisory boards, including the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the College Board, National Catholic College Admission Association, and the New York State Association of College Admission Counseling, among others. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Maria College (NY), St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (NY), Christian Brothers Academy, Elmcrest Children’s Center and Francis House. In addition, he is engaged in a number of church and community organizations.
Dr. DePerro’s wife, Sherry, is a vice president at Cadaret, Grant and Co., a national financial advisory firm headquartered in Syracuse. They have two sons: Andrew, a 2017 graduate of Providence College, and Matthew, heading into his sophomore year at Providence.
Dr. DePerro succeeds Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., St. Bonaventure's first president emeritus, who stepped down as university president last year, a post she served since 2004. Dr. Andrew P. Roth served as interim president (Aug. 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017) through the search and appointment of Dr. DePerro.
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