Henry Ponciano Named Dean of Students for Embry-Riddle Worldwide

Henry Ponciano
Embry-Riddle names Henry Ponciano its new dean of students at the Worldwide Campus. (Photo: Henry Ponciano)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus this week named Henry Ponciano, a higher education professional with more than 25 years of experience, to serve as Dean of Students.

“We are very excited to welcome Henry,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor John R. Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS. “His diverse experience in higher education as it centers around student service makes him a great fit for the Dean of Students role. The department is rapidly growing, with new programs and services to enhance the student experience, and we are pleased to have Henry lead the team.”

Over the years, Ponciano has held higher education positions, including career advisor, academic advisor, assistant dean of student services and dean of student success. His supervisory duties have encompassed academic advising, career advising, disability support services, a veterans resource center, international student services and new student orientations.

He has held service and leadership roles, beginning in 1998, with public and private institutions, including the University of Rhode Island, Palm Beach State College, Florida International University, Broward College, Nova Southeastern University and Tallahassee Community College. Further, he has held adjunct teaching positions. Most recently, he served as president of NorthStar Advising Solutions. Ponciano holds a master’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As a first-generation college student whose life was transformed through education, Ponciano said he is passionate about helping students reach their full potential by working collaboratively across all departments. Just as important to him is the success of his staff and strategies for maximizing their potential to serve and connect with students.

Ponciano described himself as a “higher education lifer” but added that being a husband and father to two girls, ages four and two, is his most important role.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to be part of an amazing team charged with supporting Worldwide Campus students,” Ponciano said. “I look forward to connecting with students, faculty and staff to create a great experience for students.”

Ponciano replaces Pablo Alvarez, who became associate vice chancellor for campus operations with Embry-Riddle Asia in Singapore.

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