Dr. Alison M. Benders named chief academician at Lake Erie College
Alison Mearns Benders, Ph.D., J.D., has been named vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Lake Erie College and begins her work on March 15, 2010.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Benders join us during this exciting period of growth and change at the College,” said President Michael T. Victor. “Dr. Benders has an outstanding academic background and extensive knowledge in administration and law. I look forward to working with her and our faculty as we continue to transform the College and help prepare our students for the future.”
“I'm honored to be joining Lake Erie College with its rich past and promising future, and excited to work with colleagues there to realize the College's commitment to excellence, tradition and service,” said Dr. Alison Benders.
Prior to joining Lake Erie, Dr. Benders served as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, while also teaching in the Graduate Ministry program. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from Boston College in Systematic Theology.
After serving as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, she practiced antitrust law in Philadelphia for ten years and taught as an adjunct instructor at Villanova Law School. In her academic career, Dr. Benders has offered courses in moral theology, foundations of Christian theology and comparative religion. She has published and presented frequently on the work of Bernard Lonergan, a leading Catholic philosopher and theologian of the 20th century, as well as on questions of personal identity and values. Her current research flows from her administrative experience, considering questions of institutional mission and culture. Dr. Benders is a native of Northeast Ohio, living in Cleveland Heights with her husband and children.