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President Andrew K. Benton Elected to National Leadership Role

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President Andrew K. Benton has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

In his role, Benton will represent Region VIII, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. He was elected by member college and university presidents from those states.

“I am honored to serve on the NAICU board along with my esteemed colleagues,” Benton says. “This is an especially challenging time in American higher education and I look forward to the engagement.”

Benton also serves on the NAICU’s Policy Analysis and Public Relations Committee, which identifies issues affecting independent higher education and suggests priorities and strategies for research and public relations activities to enhance public understanding of independent higher education.

“Andy Benton brings to the NAICU board a record of remarkable leadership at Pepperdine and a keen understanding of the relationship between higher education and public policy,” says NAICU president David L. Warren.

NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. The organization’s 963 member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.