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Thomas Benson Biography

Dr. Thomas L. Benson is the Chair of the Council for International Culture and Education (CICE), a nonprofit (501c3) organization based in New York City.  He is the President Emeritus of Green Mountain College, an innovative environmental liberal arts college in Vermont that transformed its mission during his years of service and was named America’s number #1 environmental college by the Sierra Club in 2010 and the #2 environmental institution in the 2015 edition of the “Princeton Review.”  Dr. Benson taught for fifteen years as a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he also served as the first director of the Honors Program (now the Honors College) and the first director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. He is the co-founder of the ASIANetwork, a national consortium of 200 liberal arts institutions, and he served as its first chair of the board of directors.  From 2004-to-2009, Dr. Benson served as the founding chair of the board of directors of the Africa Network.  Dr. Benson is the former chair of the board of the Japan ICU Foundation.  He has served for the past four years as the President of the Board of the Myanmar Foundation.  Currently, he serves as the founding President of the International Association for Senior Debate.  Dr. Benson is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Debate Education Association, EngageAsia, and the Atlas Corps.  He publishes and speaks often on issues in philosophy and public policy, international education, and trends in higher education.   Dr. Benson has graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University.  He was twice a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University, and from 2005-2007, a visiting fellow at Oxford University, where he served as the founder and co-director of the World Education Institute in the Martin School for the 21st Century