President Benson to Deliver Opening Lecture in 2014-15 Chautauqua Series

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"In preparing for battle," General and President Dwight Eisenhower once said, "I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." 
Taking that as his cue, Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael Benson will open EKU's 2014-15 Chautauqua Lecture Series on "Strategizing" with a lecture entitled "Why Plans Are Important Even if You Are Punched in the Mouth."
Benson will speak on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. The event, sponsored by the Department of Government and the Office of the President, is free and open to the public.
"Invariably," Benson said, "the best-laid plans get significantly altered or even scrapped when something goes awry. My lecture will focus on the absolute necessity of planning – and strategy – in formulating successful processes, and I will use a few historical examples to highlight this principle."
Benson, who became EKU's 12th president in August 2013, is the author of "Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel," which was hailed as a landmark work in the area of American foreign policy and the U.S. presidency. He has served as a consulting historian and essayist for both the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo. He also is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as a featured blogger on higher education issues.
After graduating cum laude from Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science, Benson went on to earn a doctoral degree in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College) and earned a master's degree cum laude in non-profit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
He also is a professor of government at EKU.
For more information about the 2014-15 Chautauqua series at EKU, visit, or contact Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen at

Published on August 11, 2014

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