The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently heard from Michael T. Benson, a veteran of higher education administration, and the third president of Coastal Carolina University. President Benson began his tenure on January 1, 2021.
Prior to joining CCU, he served as the 13th president of Eastern Kentucky University and was recently a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Benson’s background includes membership on the Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, on the Presidents’ Trust for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and on the Task Force on University Partnerships of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Born in Utah and raised in Texas and Indiana, Benson has worked and studied abroad for seven years in Italy, England, and Israel. He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a major in political science and double minors in English and history. He completed his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford in 1995, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar and recipient of the Oxford Graduate Overseas Fellowship. He also earned a master’s degree cum laude in non-profit administration in 2011 from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Father Theodore Hesburgh Founder’s Award.
Benson, who is no stranger to Rotary, will soon be inducted as one of the newest members of the Myrtle Beach Club.