MU's graduate school dean leaves after 25 years of service

Friday, June 5, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Pamela Benoit will be leaving MU where she served as dean of the graduate school to accept a position at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

COLUMBIA — After 25 years of service at MU, Pamela Benoit has accepted a position at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Benoit, the current vice provost for advanced studies and dean of the graduate school, will begin her job as Ohio University's executive vice president and provost on July 1.

"I am excited," Benoit said in a news release from MU, “because it allows me to embrace additional and new responsibilities and challenges at a remarkable public institution.”

Benoit was instrumental in developing the Griffith’s Leadership Society for Women. She also contributed to many programs at MU including the Preparing Future Faculty program, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Pew Charitable Trust, the National Science Foundation and the President’s Academic Leadership Institute. She also served on the College of Arts and Science Strategic Development Board, according to the release.

In 2003 she was selected to chair the MU Chairs council and has served on the Strategic Planning and Resource Advisory Council. She also designed a professional development workshop series for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Benoit received the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1995 and the MU Faculty-Alumni Award.

"I am very grateful for the tremendous opportunities that I have had at the University of Missouri and the extraordinary colleagues I've worked with and learned from during my time here," Benoit said in the release. "I will always be proud of my association with MU."

Benoit began at MU in 1984 as an assistant professor of communications. She also served as the assistant, associate and interim dean of the graduate school from 2003 to 2005. According to the release she has served as administrator over recruitment, admission, advising, diversity, academic programs, development, faculty and staff communication, public relations and strategic planning.

"She’s a big thinker and is central to discussions of many of the biggest issues on the university’s agenda," MU Provost Brian Foster said in the release. "We wish her the very best in this new role."


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