Carrying Forward Our Promise

The Inauguration of Greg Cant, PhD

Delegates from other academic institutions and organization are invited to join us for the inauguration ceremony of Greg Cant, PhD as the seventh president of Wilkes University at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1.

Please RSVP by Sept. 10 via the online RSVP form.

Inauguration Ceremony

10:30 a.m. | Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18701

Delegate Schedule

Robing | 9:30 a.m. | F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre

All delegates in the academic procession are expected to wear academic regalia. Delegates will assemble in the upper level of the FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 10:30 a.m. University staff will be on-hand to assist with robing.

Complimentary parking will be reserved for delegates in the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center, accessible from South Washington Street.

Procession Line-Up | 10:20 a.m. | F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Ceremony | 10:30 a.m. | F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Luncheon | 1 p.m. | Outside Weckesser Hall

The luncheon will take place in a tented, outdoor location adjacent to Weckesser Hall. Parking is available in the lot at the Sordoni Art Gallery (141 South Main Street) and behind the Simms Center on Main (169 South Main Street – lot entrance on South Street).


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Inauguration Week Events

Light the Way Forward : A Celebration of Innovation at Wilkes

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 24-25 | Begins at dark (approximately 8 p.m.) | Weckesser Hall

Witness the transformation of Weckesser Hall by artist Jeff Dobrow and explore Aboriginal creatives on a massive scale! This video-mapped projection project celebrates the inauguration of Wilkes University’s 7th President, Dr. Greg Cant. “Light the Way Forward” features artwork and music created by more than a dozen Aboriginal artists and is compiled into projection video by Jeff Dobrow.

This project is presented in partnership with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. To learn more, visit

Suicide Prevention Candlelight Vigil

Sunday, Sept. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Fenner Quadrangle

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Wilkes students, faculty and staff are invited to a candlelight vigil. Participants will gather at the steps of the Farley Library for remarks from President Cant and Jim Tkach, founder of the Bo Tkach Foundation and father of Wilkes alumnus and football player Travis “Bo” Tkach ’07.


Homecoming Weekend will be celebrated from Oct. 1 to 3, coinciding with the inauguration. Wilkes alumni, friends and guests are welcome to attend any of these great events.

View the Homecoming Schedule

More events to be announced!



Many of the hotels listed below offer discounts for guests of Wilkes. Inquire when you call to make your reservation.

Many of the hotels listed below offer discounts for guests of Wilkes - inquire when you call to make your reservation.


Parking is available at several garages within walking distance of the F.M. Kirby Center. Metered street parking is also available. Meters are free after 6 p.m.

  • Intermodal Transportation Center | S. Washington St. - walking distance
  • Genetti's Hotel | Market St. & Pennsylvania Blvd. - two blocks away
  • Park & Lock East | E. Market & N. Washington St. - one block away
  • Park & Lock North | 30 N. Main St. - behind the Ramada Inn, across Public Square
  • Park & Lock Central | 52 S. Main St. - 3 blocks from the Kirby Center
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Greg Cant, PhD

About Greg Cant, PhD

Cant is regarded as a visionary academic leader who grew enrollment at previous institutions by developing a variety of innovative and market-driven programs.

A native of Australia, Cant has 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator in the United States and abroad. He has served as the dean of the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University since July 2015. As dean, Cant provides strategic leadership for a business school of more than 3,700 students and 300 faculty and staff members. Under his leadership, the school developed and implemented over two dozen programs that enhanced enrollment and academic quality, leveraged interdisciplinary expertise and addressed critical market needs. During his tenure, the Feliciano School of Business experienced overall enrollment growth of nearly 50 percent, including a graduate population that grew by 115 percent.

Prior to his role at Montclair State University, Cant was the dean of the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College in Minnesota. Cant worked with key constituents to transform Concordia’s business program into a comprehensive business school. Under his stewardship, the Offutt School established an intensive new curriculum, grew its faculty and staff, developed new initiatives and programs and raised more than $56 million.

Cant has held positions as a faculty member, administrator, faculty leader, department chair and academic dean at three research-intensive universities, a regional state university and a selective private liberal arts college. He also served as a professor in Guangdong, China. He has worked in the United Kingdom, as well as in his native Australia.

He holds his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Western Australia and a master’s degree in industrial relations from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial relations and economics from the University of Western Australia. Cant’s research interests include cross-cultural management, particularly in China, business ethics and business pedagogy.

Inauguration Planning

The Inauguration Steering Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of all events and activities related to the installation of Greg Cant as the seventh president of Wilkes. The committee will monitor and review tasks and timelines to assure that the events and activities are designed to meet the goals for inauguration.


  • Cindy Charnetski, ’97, Board of Trustees
  • Paul Adams, ’77 and MS ’82, Vice President for Student Affairs


  • Donald Ballou, student representative
  • Eric Ruggiero, Integrative Media, faculty representative
  • Scott Stolte, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, dean representative
  • Suzanna Calev, Library
  • Charles Cary, Facilities
  • Gabrielle D’Amico, ’04, MFA ’17, Marketing Communications
  • Paige Gallagher, ’18, MBA ’21, Advancement
  • Bridget Giunta, ’05, President’s Office
  • Melissa Howells, Student Development
  • Jeanne Rabel, University College
  • Margaret Steele, Advancement
  • Mildred Urban, University Events
  • Rebecca Van Jura, University Events
  • James Watkinson, Aramark