Steven D. Bennion

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Steven Don Bennion (born August 17, 1941)[1] has served as president of Snow College, Ricks College, and Southern Utah University.

Bennion was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah to educator Lowell L. Bennion and Merle Colton.[1][2] He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Scotland and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He married Marjorie Hopkins in the Salt Lake Temple in 1963. Bennion went to Cornell University where he earned a MPA degree. Following this he worked for the state of Wisconsin and then the University of Wisconsin in budget positions. He also received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Bennion served as president of Snow College from 1982 to 1989.[3][4] He then began his tenure as president of Ricks College in 1989. Some initiatives during his presidency at Ricks included preparing the college for the future as computer access for students was expanded. The “fast track” program was developed to allow more students to attend. As a result of that program, student enrollment increased to 8,250 students. The John Taylor Building, the first new building on campus in 17 years, was constructed during his tenure.

Bennion left Ricks College in 1997 to become the president of Southern Utah University. In 2006, Bennion left Southern Utah University to serve as president of the church's New York New York City South Mission.[5] He served as mission president until 2009.

Bennion is the grandson of prominent Utah educator Milton Bennion, who served as the first president of what would later become Southern Utah University.

In addition to being a mission president, Bennion has served in the LDS Church as a bishop and a member of a stake presidency. In November 2013, Bennion began a three-year term as president of the Manhattan New York Temple.[6]


  1. ^ a b Howard Sharp Bennion; et al. The Bennion Family of Utah, Volume II (PDF). p. 234. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Death: Lowell L. Bennion". Deseret News. February 23, 1996. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  3. ^ Snow College: Past Presidents, Snow College 
  4. ^ Snow College: Presidents' Historical Highlights, Snow College 
  5. ^ "New Mission Presidents Prepare for July". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2006-03-21. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. 
  6. ^ "New temple presidents". Church News. May 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Joe J. Christensen
President of Ricks College
Succeeded by
David A. Bednar