Daniel Dentino , Ph.D. » Swede Government Association

The Swede Government Association, also known as the Associated Students of Bethany College or SGA, represents all full-time Bethany students.

SGA distributes student activity funds to sanctioned student organizations and advocates for students with the college administration.

SGA wants to hear from Bethany students and SGA meetings are open to all Bethany students.

SGA leaders serve the Bethany community while gaining valuable skills in managing, budgeting, communicating and decision making.


Daniel Dentino, Ph.D.

Dean for Student Development
Office Office of Student Development Pihlblad Memorial Union Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8160
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Daniel Dentino is responsible for developing and maintaining a campus environment that is complementary to and consistent with the educational mission of the college. He also plays a key role in support of the college’s retention goals. Dentino oversees all aspects of student development at Bethany, including the management of residential education and services, campus activities, Greek life, counseling services, health and wellness initiatives, international student services and study abroad, new student orientation, leadership development, crisis response, the academic center for excellence, first and second year experience programs, and student clubs and organizations. Dr. Dentino also teaches as a member of the Religion and Philosophy Department.

Dentino joined Bethany in the fall of 2012 after  working at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., where he had been the vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2001. He brings over 15 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and professor, having also served Duquesne University, Providence College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dentino earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology and has taught a variety of theological courses and published numerous works. He has been a volunteer football coach for several schools and has also done volunteer work at soup kitchens and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dentino was honored as a Refiner’s Fire Excellence in Teaching Award finalist, Ave Maria University Faculty commencements speaker in 2010, recipient of the Naples Illustrated Magazine “The Power of Ten” Award, and recipient of the Gulfshore Business Magazine “40 Under 40” award.  He and his wife are the proud parents of two children.