Vincent DeCola, S.J.
Assistant Dean, Advisor to the Gabelli School at Lincoln Center
A native of New York City, Dean DeCola attended a Jesuit high school and joined the Jesuits in 1977, being ordained a priest at Fordham's University Church at Rose Hill in June 1988. He served for five years in the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, teaching at Xavier High School and doing parish work. In 1992, Dean DeCola began nine years as executive director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps' international program. Under his leadership, JVC International grew from 28 volunteers in three countries to 75 volunteers in nine countries. In 2001, Dean DeCola became president of the original Jesuit Nativity middle school on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In the following two years, he worked to grow a network of three schools: The New York Nativity schools came to include Saint Ignatius School in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, which opened in Crown Heights in 2003. Dean DeCola remained at the helm of these middle schools until 2008, when he returned to his alma mater, Fordham University. He served as assistant dean for first-year students in Fordham College at Lincoln Center until 2014, when he was named the first assistant dean for the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center. Dean DeCola has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and physics and an MBA from Fordham, and an MDiv and an STL from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.