P. George Benson

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P. George Benson
President of the
College of Charleston
In office
February 1, 2007 – July 1, 2014
Preceded by Conrad Festa
Succeeded by Glenn F. McConnell
Personal details
Born Paul George Benson
June 3, 1946
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Jane Oas Benson
Children Jeffery, Laura, and Alison
Alma mater University of Florida
New York University
Bucknell University

Paul George Benson (born June 3, 1946) is an American academic, and the former President of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[2]

He announced his retirement as President of the College of Charleston, effective in 2014.[3] South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn F. McConnell was appointed as his successor.[4] Benson took a one year sabbatical before returning to the College of Charleston as a faculty member of the School of Business. Benson is currently teaching Business Statistics, but will teach other courses in the Supply Chain and Information Management at the School of Business.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]

Benson is married to Jane Oas Benson and has three children.


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