Capilano University welcomes new dean of business and professional studies

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Dennis Silvestrone, Dean, Faculty of Business and Professional Studies

NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. August 4, 2020 – Capilano University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Silvestrone, PhD, as the University’s new dean of the Faculty of Business & Professional Studies. Reporting to the VP academic & provost, Silvestrone will oversee the faculty’s performance, advocacy and strategic direction. Silvestrone begins his new role at the University today.

“Dennis brings over 20 years of experience as a senior academic leader in the post-secondary sector,” says Laureen Styles, EdD, VP academic & provost, Capilano University. “With strengths in community development and building successful partnerships for creating new credit and credit-free programming, his leadership will be an asset to our University.”

In addition to program development, Silvestrone is skilled in forging community and regionally-based applied research activities; collaborations with First Nations communities; and leadership in academic governance, corporate and continuing studies programming.

Silvestrone comes to CapU from Okanagan College where he served as director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training. His previous roles include dean, Adult and Continuing Education at Vancouver Island University, and director and senior lecturer, Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Manitoba.

“I am very excited to join Capilano University,” says Dennis Silvestrone.  “Though we work and live in challenging times, CapU has a strong record of serving students and communities of the region. I look forward to connecting with students, faculty and staff to animate the University’s vision and work for the future.”

Dennis Silvestrone holds a Master of Public Administration (University of Victoria) and a PhD, Education (Kingston University, UK).

About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 97 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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Capilano University

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