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UND's Benoit elected to term on Council of Graduate Schools board of directors

Posted on 12/13/2010

Joey Benoit
Joseph "Joey" Benoit, dean of The Graduate School at UND
Joseph Benoit, The Graduate School dean at the University of North Dakota, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), an organization of more than 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada.


Benoit is the first Graduate School dean from UND ever elected to the post. During his 10 years at UND, The Graduate School has seen record growth in enrollment and unprecedented expansion. The school enrolls approximately 2,500 masters and doctoral students, offering programs in 53 different areas.


UND is a charter member of CGS, an organization that engages in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award more than 90 percent of the doctoral degrees and three-fourths of the master's degrees. CGS's mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


Benoit, also a professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics at UND, studies the cardiovascular consequences of chronic portal hypertension, the pathophysiology of arterial hypertension and the role of the lymphatic system in the prevention of interstitial edema. He has served as a research mentor for more than 50 undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars.


Benoit is on the executive committee of the Western Association of Graduate Schools and the accreditation council for AAALAC International (Association for Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care). He is also an editorial reviewer for several biomedical journals. He is a Fellow of the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society and has served as a member of the APS standing committee on education. He was recognized in 2008 and 2010 for contributions to the APS Frontiers in Physiology program for middle and high school teachers.


Benoit holds degrees from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the University of South Alabama. Upon completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in microvascular physiology at Texas A&M University, Benoit served on the faculty at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport and the University of South Alabama. He also served as the director of basic medical science graduate programs while at the University of South Alabama.



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UND Graduate School
http://gradschool.und.edu


Council of Graduate Schools
http://www.cgsnet.org/


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