Lloyd W Benjamin III

Lloyd W. Benjamin III became the tenth president of Indiana State University on July 1, 2000. Prior to coming to ISU, President Benjamin served as vice president for academic affairs at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, from 1995 to 2000.

He was dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1988 to 1995 and dean of the College of Fine Arts, UA-LR from 1984-1988. He also served as acting dean of the College of Fine Arts and chair of the department of art, UA-LR, from 1983-1984.

Benjamin graduated from Emory University in 1966 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in the history of art. In 1973, he earned his Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . His dissertation focused on “The Empathetic Relation of Observer to Image in 15th Century Flemish Painting.”

In addition to his duties as university president, Benjamin also serves as president of the ISU Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Swope Art Museum, the Alliance for Growth and Progress, Indiana Humanities Council, Academic Search Consultation Service, Wabash Valley Educational Alliance, Indiana Campus Compact, Central Indiana Corporate Partnerships, Networks Advisory Council and United Way of the Wabash Valley, as well as for the Indiana Economic Development Council, and the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System.

Benjamin is currently a state representative for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and serves on the International Committee.