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P. George Benson

Professor

Address: Tate Center 311
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:00pm (Tate 311) and by appt in my office
Phone: 843-953-1356
E-mail: bensong@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download



Education

Ph. D.   University of Florida, August 1977
            Major: Decision Sciences
            Minors: Statistics and Economics
            Dissertation: A Bayesian Analysis of Model Specification
            Uncertainty in Forecasting and Control (Adviser: Christopher B. Barry)
           (Adviser: Christopher B. Barry)
      
New York University, September 1970-June 1971
           Major: Operations Research

B.S.     Bucknell University, June 1968
           Major: Mathematics

 


Courses Taught

  • Elementary Managerial Statistics (Day and Extension)
  • Quantitative Methods for Administration (Day and Extension)
  • Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis Managerial Statistics (Carlson Executive MBA Program and Rutgers Executive MBA Program)
  • MBA Field Project
  • Statistical Methods I: Estimation and Testing Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design Stochastic Processes
  • Bayesian Inference and Decision Theory Decision Analysis
  • Foundations for Research in Applied Statistics

Honors and Awards

Academic Experience:

  • President, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., February 1, 2007 - July, 1, 2014

Boards of Directors:
Corporate

  • Primerica, Inc. (Atlanta), 2010-present, Lead Director, 2014-present; Governance Committee Chair, 2011-present
  • Crawford & Company (Atlanta), 2005-present (Nominating and Governance Committee Chair, 2010-present)
  • AGCO, Inc. (Atlanta), 2004-present (Governance Committee Chair, 2005-present) Nutrition 21, Inc., (Purchase, N.Y.) 1998-2010 (Audit Committee Chair, 2002-2009) National Bank of South Carolina (Columbia), 2007-2010

Non-Profit

  • Southern Conference, Vice Chair, 2012
  • Lowcountry Graduate Center, Charleston, SC, 2007-Present (Board Chair, 2010-Present)

Advisory Boards:
Corporate

  • NBSC (Columbia, S.C.), 2010-present

Non-Profit

  • Education Council, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, 2008 - 2010
  • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award:
  • Chair, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2013-Present
  • Chair-Elect, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2011-2012

Community Committees:

  • 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, Executive Committee, Country Club of Charleston,2015 – present.
  • Economic Leadership Council, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, 2011-2014
  • The Mayor’s Gaillard Center Stakeholders’ Committee, June 2010 – 2014
  • Campaign Organizing Committee, Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation, September 2010-2014
  • The Future of Symphonic Music in Charleston, Co-chair with Marc Chardon (CEO, Blackbaud), June 2010-January 2011

Consulting:

  • Allstate Insurance Company ABN AMRO
  • Standard Federal Bank W.R. Grace
  • Norwest
  • Control Data Corporation
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • E.F. Johnson Company
  • Pearl Baths, Inc.
  • Marktech Systems, Inc.
  • Bartsoft, Inc.
  • Keith-Stevens, Inc.
  • Therapeutic Immunology
  • The Pillsbury Company
  • AT&T
  • Briggs and Morgan
  • Ceridian
  • West Publishing Co.
  • King and Spalding
  • Country Club Market, Inc.
  • The Valspar Corporation
  • HEMAR Service Corporation of America Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board First Minnesota
  • FMC Corporation, Northern Ordinance Div. Printing Industry of the Twin Cities, Inc.
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Power
  • Medtronic
  • Maxwell Graphics
  • H.E.I. Inc.
  • Patterson Dental Company
  • National Car Rental Systems
  • Popham Haik Schnobrich Kaufman Ltd.
  • Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt
  • The Krystal Company
  • Inter Regional Financial Group

Awards and Honors:

  • 2015 Outstanding Director Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 2015.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Lewisburg High School, Lewisburg, Pa., October 2014
  • Milliken Medal of Quality, South Carolina Quality Forum, October 2011

Fraternal Organizations:

  • Delta Sigma Pi, National Business Fraternity, University of Minnesota Sigma Chi, Bucknell University

Publications

“South Carolina Higher Education: At the Precipice”: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Vol. 15, No. 8, April 13, 2009.

Op-Eds:
“College of Charleston Serves Mount Pleasant Well” Moultrie News, October 2, 2013, p. A9
“College of Charleston has enduring ties to East Cooper” Post and Courier, October 1, 2013, p. A11
“Building on Charleston’s Proven Success as a College Town” Post and Courier, April 5, 2013 (with Raymond S. Greenberg, John W. Rosa, Jr., Mary Thornley, and Jairy C. Hunter, Jr.)
“What Do You Envision for Our State?,” The Greenville News, March 4, 2013, p. A10 (with Phil Noble).
“Stern’s Can-do Vision Laid Firm Foundation for CofC,” Post and Courier, January 19, 2013, p. A13.
“Don’t Make Scapegoats of Hard-Working Faculty,” Post and Courier, April 3, 2012, p. A11.
“College of Charleston Doesn’t Plan to Raise Enrollment,” Post and Courier, September 11, 2011, p. 14A.
“Building Halt is the Wrong Course for S.C. Colleges,” Post and Courier, September 28, 2010, p. 15A.
“Variety of Needs Caused C of C’s Tuition Hike,” Post and Courier, August 13, 2010, p. 11A.
“CofC Tuition Boost a Necessary Cost of ‘Greatness,’” Post and Courier, June 8, 2010, p. 9A (with Marie M. Land).
“College of Charleston Decision on McLeod Hinged on Use of Fields,” Post and Courier, February 18, 2010, p. 7A.

Magazine Columns:
“New Charleston” College of Charleston Magazine, October 2013, p. 8-9
“Educating Silicon Harbor” College of Charleston Magazine, June 2013, p. 10-11
“A Historic Move” College of Charleston Magazine, March 2013, p. 08-09
“Saluting Our Campus Veterans” College of Charleston Magazine, October 2012, p. 8-9
“A Tribute to Spoleto and Ted Stern” College of Charleston Magazine, July 2012, p. 6-7
“From the Classroom to the Boardroom” College of Charleston Magazine, March 2012, p. 8-9
“Charleston’s Economic Engines” College of Charleston Magazine, October 2011, p. 6-7
“Literacy Efforts Reach Thousands of Charleston Schoolchildren” College of Charleston Magazine, March 2011, p. 6-7
“Forging Ahead Toward A Better Future” College of Charleston Magazine, October 2010, p. 6-7
“Business School Made Whole by New M.B.A. College of Charleston Magazine, July 2010, p. 3
“The Value of Place” College of Charleston Magazine, March 2010, p. 8
“Planning for the Future” College of Charleston Magazine, October 2009, p. 4
“Standing at the Edge of the Precipice” College of Charleston Magazine, July 2009, p. 06

Major Presentations:

“A President Reflects: The Learning Center, Academic Leadership, and Disruptive Visioning,” Keynote Speech, Southeastern College Learning Center Association, Charleston, S.C., June 17, 2016.
 Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Ceremony, Baltimore, Md, April 3, 2016
“The Challenges and Barriers Encountered in Launching an Integrated College Program for Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities,” Administrators Panel, State of the ArtConference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, George Mason University, November 12, 2015.
“A Better Way to Break Down Barriers and Achieve Inclusion: Disruptive Visioning,” Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance, Georgia State University, April 16, 2015.
Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Ceremony, Baltimore, Md, April 12, 2015.
“There’s No Place Like Home,” Green Dragon Foundation, Lewisburg, Pa., December 2014.
“Using Disruptive Vision to Drive Change in Charleston,” ASQ Lowcountry Quality Conference, Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Hotel, North Charleston, S.C., April 25, 2014.
“The National Quality Award: Baldrige in Transition,” Keynote Address, ASQ Lowcountry Quality Conference, Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Hotel, North Charleston, S.C., April 25, 2014.
 Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Ceremony, Baltimore, Md, April 6, 2014
“New Charleston,” Parents’ Advisory Council, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., October 27, 2012; Foundation Board Meeting, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., November 9, 2012; Faculty Senate Meeting, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., January 15, 2013; Board of Trustees, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., January 17, 2013; School of Business Board of Governors, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., January 24, 2013; School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Advisory Board, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., May 13, 2013; King Street Marketing Group Small Business Lunch Speaker Series, Halls Chophouse, Charleston, S.C., June 6, 2013; Mount Pleasant Business Association Monthly Luncheon, Mount Pleasant Holiday Inn, Mount Pleasant, S.C. September 19, 2013
 Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Ceremony, Baltimore, Md, April 4, 2013
“The New Reality in Public Higher Education: Self-Sufficiency,” Higher Education Treasury Symposium, Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, S.C., January 30, 2012.
“Welcome to the College of Charleston and Introduction of Herman Cain.” Southern Republican Leadership Conference, TD Arena, Charleston, S.C., January 19, 2012 (nationally televised on C-Span).
“Charleston’s Economic Engines,” 2011 Economic Outlook Conference, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, North Charleston Convention Center, Charleston, S.C., March 30, 2011.