Bonta served for 3 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II before earning his college degree from Albion. Following his graduation in 1949, he worked as the executive assistant to the managing director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home in Eaton Rapids. In 1951, Bonta began his career at Albion as an admissions counselor, was promoted to Director in 1961, and finally Dean in 1973. While at Albion, Bonta also coordinated the College’s Commencements and Honors Convocations and held numerous leadership roles in professional organizations, including a term as president of the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, an organization encompassing all of Michigan’s accredited institutions of higher learning. Prior to his term as president, Bonta served as chairman of the Junior-Senior College Articulation Committee, 1968-60; secretary, 1964-66; and chairman, Secondary School-College Relations Committee, 1962-63. Bonta was also a registered consultant in college admissions for the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, for which he served on the Advisory Board from 1963-68. He also was a member of the Study Committee on Present and Future Needs for Postsecondary Education for the State Board of Education.
Bonta earned his M.A. in 1960 and his Ed.S. in 1966, both from Michigan State University. He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Albion in 1982.
Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]