P. George Benson
|P. George Benson|
|President of the
College of Charleston
February 1, 2007 – July 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Conrad Festa|
|Succeeded by||Glenn F. McConnell|
|Born||June 3, 1946
|Spouse(s)||Jane Oas Benson|
|Children||Jeffery, Laura, and Alison|
|Alma mater||University of Florida
New York University
Early Life and Education
Benson was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lewisburg Joint High School in 1964. He attended Bucknell University in his hometown, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1968. While a student at Bucknell, Benson joined the Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then pursued graduate study in operations research at New York University before earning his Ph.D. in decision sciences from the University of Florida in 1977.
In 1977, Benson was hired as a professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, a position he held until 1993, at which point he became the Dean of Rutgers University's business school, as well as a professor of decision sciences. In 1998, Benson was selected to become the Dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. He held this position until February 1, 2007, when he became president of the College of Charleston.
He announced his retirement as President of the College of Charleston, effective in 2014. South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn F. McConnell was appointed as his successor. Benson will take a one year sabbatical before returning to the College of Charleston as a faculty member of the School of Business.
Benson sits on numerous corporate boards and is an avid golfer. He is a member of the board of directors of The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Foundation is a nonprofit, private-sector organization that raises funds to endow the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) was established in 1987 and it is presented annually by the President of the United States to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence. It was designed by Congress to raise awareness of quality management and recognize U.S. companies that have implemented successful quality-management systems.
Benson is married to Jane Oas Benson and has three children.
- College of Charleston faculty want academic leader as new president (Post and Courier article-September 11, 2013)
- Ry Rivard, Charleston Divided, Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2014
- "Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) - ASQ." American Society for Quality -ASQ. Web. 24 June 2010.<http://www.asq.org/learn-about-quality/malcolm-baldrige-award/overview/overview.html>.