Dr. Jason Bentley serves in the multifaceted role as Dean for Retention and Student Success at Ferris State University.
Dr. Bentley oversees the efforts of the Academic Support Center, Developmental Curriculum Department, Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), Honors Program, Media Production, SCHOLAR Peer Mentor Program, Structured Learning Assistance, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships, and the Ferris State University Seminar (FSUS) course.
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 Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from CMU.