Louisiana alumnus Joseph N. Benoit (ben-WAH), PhD has been chosen as the new president of Mount Marty College, effective July 1, 2011, as announced by Ms. Jean Reed, Chair of Mount Marty Colleges Board of Trustees.

Benoit was selected by the Mount Marty College trustees and approved by the Sacred Heart Monastery Council after a nationwide search. The presidential search committee led by former board chair, Sr. Jeanne Weber, included representatives from the trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and student body.

We couldnt be more pleased that Dr. Benoit will be joining Mount Marty College as its president, said Sr. Jeanne. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in higher education. During his tenure as Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Dakota he presided over significant programmatic and enrollment growth in the universitys graduate programs. His background in health sciences, his devotion to the arts, and his commitment to the Catholic faith make him an excellent fit for Mount Martys mission and values.

Benoit has served at the University of North Dakota as the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor for the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology Therapeutics since 2001. Prior to his work in North Dakota, he served as Director of Graduate Studies and professor at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, Mobile, Alabama.

Benoit completed his Ph.D. and undergraduate degree in Basic Medical Sciences at the University of South Alabama, and a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry at the University of Louisiana.

According to Reed, the Trustees were impressed with Benoits experience and commitment to higher education and are confident that the college will thrive under his leadership. There are many good things happening at Mount Marty and Dr. Benoit is right choice to lead the college in new and exciting directions, she said.

Mount Marty College is a Catholic Benedictine center of higher education founded in 1936 in Yankton, South Dakota, by the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, who continue to sponsor the institution today. In addition to its Yankton campus, the college includes a campus in Watertown, S.D. and a Sioux Falls campus housing the colleges Nurse Anesthesia program.

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