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Michael T. Benson

Adjunct Professor
Department of Management


521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475


(859) 622-2101



Michael T. Benson is the 12th president of Eastern Kentucky University, a position he assumed on Aug. 1, 2013. He also holds the rank of full professor within the Department of Government at EKU. Prior to his chief executive role at EKU, Benson was the 15th president of Southern Utah University, where he successfully directed the development and implementation of SUU’s largest and most ambitious comprehensive campaign, the $100 million “Future is Rising Campaign.” The campaign was completed in March 2014 and raised a record $105 million for SUU. Born in Utah and raised in Texas, Benson completed his doctorate in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), where he was a recipient of the Oxford Graduate Overseas Fellowship and a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. He also earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration cum laude from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. cum laude from Brigham Young University with a major in political science and double minor in English and history. Benson has worked and studied abroad for seven years in Italy, England and Israel. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as a featured blogger on higher education issues. His book, Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel (Praeger 1997) has been hailed as a landmark work in the area of American foreign policy and the U.S. presidency. He also 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.