Cornell B. LeSane II

Professional Title

Vice President for Enrollment, Dean of Admissions


Admissions, Enrollment, financial aid


B.A., Hampton University; master of public management, Carnegie Mellon University.

Appointed Dean of Admissions at Allegheny College in 2014, and subsequently, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Cornell LeSane has over 18 years of experience working in higher education. Prior to Allegheny, he served in a progression of leadership roles at Carnegie Mellon University. He has developed and overseen the implementation of numerous initiatives designed to foster the mission of the institution and assist students and families in all aspects of college selection and beyond. LeSane has been active both in professional associations and in his community, having served on the steering committee for the Pittsburgh Science and Technology School, a magnet school for 6th–12th graders, and as a Committee Chair for College Success 101, an outreach program geared towards inner-city youth in the Pittsburgh area; he currently serves on the board of directors for Meadville Medical Center. He participated as a long-standing instructor for College Exploration Experience and College for Every Student, two programs designed to assist high school students to prepare for and navigate the college search process. Likewise, LeSane was a faculty member for the inaugural PACAC College Counselor Leadership Institute geared toward assisting those interested in becoming a Director of College Counseling. While at Carnegie Mellon, he was nominated and received CMU’s Andy Award — named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon — for outstanding commitment to students. LeSane holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University and a Master of Public Management, Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education, from Carnegie Mellon University.