Dr. Joseph Pellerito Breaks Ground on a New OT Program

Kaye/Bassman International’s Higher Education Practice is pleased to announce the successful placement of Dr. Joseph Pellerito at Saint Bonaventure University in Allegany NY as Founding Director and Associate Professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Pellerito brings a robust array of Occupational Therapy and Administrative experience that he has garnered over a lifetime of service to his community.

About Joseph

Since 2017, Pellerito has been the director and associate professor of Occupational Therapy at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pellerito’s career includes working as an administrator, scholar, professor, entrepreneur, and therapy practitioner. He subscribes to the notion that effective administration, fundraising, education, scholarship, and service can lead to transformational ways of thinking and doing to make a positive impact in the lives of the people he serves.

“I am thrilled to be coming to St. Bonaventure because of its dynamic learning environment and commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service excellence,” Pellerito said. “Developing a pathway for students to study occupational therapy will enable them to acquire the skills necessary to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities and their caregivers.”

Pellerito has held administrative, therapist, and consultant positions in the academic and corporate sectors including:

  • professor/OTA program director at Brown Mackie College in South Bend, Ind.;
  • associate professor/director, TAO Applied Research Center at the University of Toledo;
  • department chair/program director, and associate professor at Western Michigan University;
  • department chair/program director, associate professor, and director of the Driving Simulation & Research Center at Wayne State University;
  • administrator and practice manager at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) in The Detroit Medical Center.

Regarding his time working with Kaye/Bassman as a candidate for the role, Dr. Pellerito had this to say:

“It was an absolute pleasure working with (Kaye/Bassman) and I would recommend (their) services to any of my colleagues without hesitation. (Their) professionalism, integrity, and sense of humor made the process enjoyable and highly productive.”


Saint Bonaventure University

Founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education, the university continues to this day to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. 

We instill in students a real passion for learning and living. We encourage independent study, critical analysis, and original expression. Our professors are committed and approachable faculty who dedicate themselves to making connections — among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, their students.  

Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and journalism and mass communication, and three graduate degrees are offered in a 100% online format through St. Bonaventure University Online.

Programs are also offered by the University’s Franciscan Institute, which has produced seminal publications and hosted the world’s foremost Franciscan scholars. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts includes a world-class museum that enriches student learning experiences as well as the quality of life throughout Western New York.

St. Bonaventure is a Catholic university dedicated to educational excellence as informed by our Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. In the words of our patron, we believe that there should be “no knowledge without love,” and thus seek to transform the lives of our students, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship.

St. Bonaventure embraces students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and cultures and strives to bring out the best in every individual through meaningful relationships. As an academic and spiritual community, we endeavor to prepare our students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers and personal lives.

Kaye/Bassman International Corp.

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Further information regarding Dr. Pellerito’s appointment at Saint Bonaventure University can be found here.

Saint Bonaventure University was aided in this search by Managing Partner & Executive Search Consultant, Trey Wright. Read his Bio here.

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