Paul-James Cukanna

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Paul-James CukannaPaul-James Cukanna was named the University's first vice president for enrollment management effective November 1, 2016. As the chief enrollment officer of Duquesne University, Cukanna will continue to oversee enrollment planning, projections and strategy implementation and provide executive leadership to the Enrollment Management Group, which includes the areas of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, University Registrar, Enrollment Research and Systems, Marketing and Communications, and Retention and Advisement.

Cukanna first joined Duquesne as director of institutional research in 1997. He was named executive director of domestic and international admission in 2001 and associate vice president for admissions in 2004. He began serving as the associate provost for enrollment management in 2008.

Prior to Duquesne, Cukanna spent eighteen years working in enrollment services at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. His professional area of interest is providing access to and choice in higher education to academically competitive students from disadvantaged, marginalized and under-represented backgrounds.

A native of Punxsutawney, Pa, and a resident of the East End, Cukanna holds a bachelor's degree in life science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and master's degrees in public policy and industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and liberal arts from Duquesne University. He was the 2002 recipient of the President's Distinguished Staff Award for his exceptional dedication and service to the Duquesne University community.