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President Michael Benson (Photo courtesy of EKU)

President Michael Benson has been announced as one of three finalists in the College of Charleston's search for a new president, according to the college's website.

The College of Charleston Board of Trustees announced Benson as a candidate Thursday along with two others, Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Toledo and Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College at Purdue University.

Benson, who has served as EKU's president since August of 2013, has overseen a campus revitalization period that gave way to new residence halls, a new dining facility and other facility upgrades. Benson's tenure was also defined by rounds of sweeping budget cuts in response to decreased state funding.

Before coming to EKU, Benson was president at Southern Utah University from 2006 to 2013 and Snow College from 2001 to 2006. Benson is also the author of two books, "College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy" and "Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel."

Benson is expected to pay a visit to the college and spend about a day and half on its campus from Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 16, according to the College of Charleston's website.

The Eastern Progress will follow up with more details soon.

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