Dr. James Lentini
James Lentini, D.M.A., has been named Molloy College's seventh president, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Lentini is a passionate and thoughtful higher education leader, with expertise in a wide variety of areas including strategic planning, academic program development and enrollment management.
Dr. Lentini was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Oakland University in July, 2013. As the University's chief academic officer, he has leadership responsibility for the delivery and quality of all academic programs, research, personnel, resources, and supporting infrastructure of the university. In close partnership with the President, the Senior Vice President and Provost plays a central role in developing Oakland's mission and vision and is the President's leading senior executive responsible for the delivery and implementation of the university's academic priorities.
Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Dr. Lentini served as dean of the College of Creative Arts at Miami University (OH) from 2007-2013, where he fostered collaboration with areas such as interactive media and business, while gaining national visibility for students and faculty through invited performances that included the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. and a featured performance at Carnegie Hall. 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 from 1988-2003. At WSU, he created the Music Technology degree program and founded and designed new sound recording and electronic music studios and facilities.
In addition to serving as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Lentini holds an appointment on the faculty as Professor of Music. An internationally recognized composer and classical guitarist, he is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences GRAMMY awards, and is a recipient of the Andrés Segovia International Composition Prize, the Atwater-Kent Composition Award (first Prize), the McHugh Composition Prize, a grant from "Meet the Composer," a Hanson Institute of American Music composer/performer grant, and multiple awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and his compositions have been performed and recorded by national and international ensembles, including the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. His suite for guitar entitled "The Four Seasons" is published by Mel Bay Publications, and a CD of his music entitled "James Lentini, Chamber Music" is available on the Naxos label's American Classics series. Gramophone Magazine has called James Lentini an "American classical music success story," while calling his composition Scenes from Sedona "...perhaps the best piece for viola and cello since Beethoven's 'Eyeglasses' Duet."
Dr. Lentini's leadership includes his role as the chair of the Academic Affairs Officers of the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), a coordinating board for Michigan's 15 public universities. He is a member of the Medical School Management Committee of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has extensive experience as a fundraiser, successfully leading his college at Miami University to exceed its goal as a part of a $500 million capital campaign.
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 Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. Additional training includes completion of the Management in Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.
Dr. Lentini is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Wayne State University, and in 2013, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State honored him for his accomplishments with a Career Achievement Award in the Field of Music.