Dr. James Lentini to Become 7th President of Molloy College

John P. McEntee, Chair of the Molloy College Board of Trustees, recently announced that Dr. James Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, will become the seventh president of the College on July 1, 2020. Dr. Lentini was unanimously approved by the Board.

Photo of Dr. James Lentini"After a comprehensive national search, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Lentini as Molloy's next president," said McEntee. "Dr. Lentini is a passionate and thoughtful leader with a proven track record of success in academic program development. His experience in inspiring, leading, and sustaining transformational change will allow Molloy to build on the distinguished service and visionary leadership of Dr. Drew Bogner, Molloy's current president."

"Dr. Lentini's 30-plus years of experience in higher education - in a wide variety of areas that include strategic planning, academic program development, enrollment management and more - will ensure a smooth transition in Molloy's leadership and help us continue on the path of unprecedented growth that we have enjoyed during the 20 years of Dr. Bogner's presidency," said Dan Henry, Chair of Molloy's Presidential Search Committee.

"I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the next President of Molloy College," said Dr. Lentini. "Molloy has a tremendous history and culture, and I look forward to working with Molloy's dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni to build on the success that has made the College one of the finest institutions in the region."

Dr. Lentini came to Oakland University in 2013. Prior to his appointment at Oakland, he served as dean of the College of Creative Arts at Miami University (Ohio) from 2007-2013. He was the founding dean of the School of Art, Media and Music at The College of New Jersey from 2003-2007 and served on the faculty and administration in the Department of Music at Wayne State University (WSU) from 1988-2003.

A Detroit native, Dr. Lentini received a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. He also successfully completed the Management in Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.  

As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Oakland University, he worked closely with deans and faculty in overseeing the development of new and innovative academic programs, including a newly-formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which graduated its charter class in 2015. He led the reorganization of the Office of Research, overseeing academic and research developments that led to the elevation of the university's Carnegie Classification from R3 to R2 category (Doctoral University - High Research Activity).

An internationally-recognized composer and classical guitarist, Dr. Lentini is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences GRAMMY awards and is a recipient of, among other musical honors, the Andres Segovia International Composition Prize. His compositions have been performed and recorded by national and international ensembles, and Gramophone magazine called him "an American classical music success story."  

Dr. Lentini and his wife Dana have two sons, Luke and Noah, and a daughter, Evalina.

Search Committee Chair Henry led a 13-member Search Committee comprising trustees, faculty members, administrators, and a student representative. The Search Committee, assisted by Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, reviewed the profiles of more than 80 potential candidates during an 8-month search process.

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