Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business Honors Benson

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Dr. Michael T. Benson, who will assume the Eastern Kentucky University presidency on Aug. 1, has been honored by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with its Recent Alumni Service Award.

Benson, who earned a master’s degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from Mendoza in 2011, also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University and a doctoral degree in Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College).

Each year, the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Office recognizes two outstanding alumni for their service during the past academic year. (The Distinguished Alumni Award was given to 1998 MBA alumnus Michael Riegel, vice president of Mobile and WebSphere for IBM.)

Examples of service include recruitment of prospective students, speaking on campus, financial support of the graduate business program, participation in alumni activities and career recruitment. This marks the first time the award has been given to an MNA graduate.

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association will present the award to Benson in August.

Benson, who is currently president of Southern Utah University and was previously president of Snow College, considers earning his MNA from Notre Dame transformative.

“I’m a huge proponent of MNA,” he said. “It literally changed my professional career. It gave me an extra tool that I was lacking.”

Published on June 17, 2013