Gannon University Announces New Vice President For Academic Affairs

Posted: May 17, 2016

Gannon University is proud to welcome Walter Iwanenko, Jr., Ph.D. as the new vice president for academic affairs.

In this new position, Iwanenko will serve as the University's chief academic officer, leading the rapid growth in educational programming and supporting the continuous improvement in exceptional teaching, learning and scholarly work of the faculty, staff and students. His academic and professional background make him well suited to drive entrepreneurial program development and innovative delivery to serve the needs of Gannon's current and future students as well as the needs of the communities the University serves in Erie, Florida and across the globe.  Gannon is excited by the enthusiasm and energy Iwanenko brings to efforts to integrate and enrich the learning occurring within the formal curriculum on campus with the essential application of that learning that each student enjoys through the co-curriculum on campus and within the community. He will be a key member of the leadership team ensuring student academic achievement and the personal and professional success of our students and alumni.

Iwanenko comes to Gannon from Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York, where he had served as dean of adult and graduate studies and professor of public administration since 2011. As dean, he was charged with enhancing the college's national leadership in education, research and outreach while adhering to the Franciscan values and the mission of the institution. Before coming to Hilbert College, Iwanenko served as a tenured professor and Health Services Administration department chair at D'Youville College in Buffalo.

He has an extensive record of accomplishment as an educator, administrator entrepreneur, clinician and consultant. Iwanenko founded two successful Buffalo-area businesses and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals.

He is a graduate of D'Youville College, receiving his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in occupational therapy, and of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine where he received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and community health.

In service to his community, Iwanenko is a founding board member of Global Concepts Charter School in Lackawanna, New York, serves on the executive committee of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and serves in various capacities at Buffalo's Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica.