EKU President Michael Benson (#845)
Michael Benson, Ph.D., discusses his move to Kentucky from Utah in 2013 to take over as president at Eastern Kentucky University.
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Benson comes to Kentucky from Southern Utah University, where he directed a $100 million fundraising campaign. A Utah native who was raised in Texas, he earned his doctorate in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford.
When hiring Benson, the EKU Board of Regents approved a four-year contract at $400,000 per year.
Benson also continues to teach as a member of the EKU Department of Government. In spring 2013, he will teach an honors class on the Congress and the presidency with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, 6th District.