CofC president featured speaker at small business lunch

  • Thursday, June 6, 2013

The King Street Marketing Group and Halls Chophouse announces that the president of the College of Charleston, P. George Benson, is the guest speaker at the upcoming Small Business Lunch at Halls on Thursday June 6.

Business is a prime interest of President Benson having served as the Dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Dean of the Rutgers Business School at Rutgers University.

President Benson oversees 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students who live, study and work in downtown Charleston. The economic impact of the college on peninsula retail, dining and lodging businesses is measured in multiple millions of dollars.

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P. George Benson became the 21st president of the College of Charleston on Feb. 1, 2007. Founded in 1770, the college is the oldest institution of higher education south of Virginia and the 13th oldest in the United States. The college has earned a reputation for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences throughout its 240-year history.

A native of Lewisburg, Penn., President Benson received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Bucknell University, did graduate work in operations research in the engineering school at New York University, and received a doctorate in decision sciences with minors in statistics and economics from the University of Florida.

President Benson came to the College of Charleston from his position as Dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Prior to that, he served for five years as Dean of the Rutgers Business School at Rutgers University. From 1977 to 1993, he was a faculty member in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked for AT&T’s Bell Telephone Laboratories and the U.S. Army Security Agency.

Each month, Small Business Lunch at Halls features a distinguished speaker from the business, civic or political arenas upstairs at Halls Chophouse with imaginative mid-day cuisine prepared by executive chef Matthew Niessner.

Tickets are $28 per person for the luncheon and parking. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Limited seating of 65 participants provides an intimate experience with each speaker.

Halls Chophouse is located at 434 King Street in downtown Charleston. Parking, validated at the event, is available at the Visitors Center Garage on Ann Street between King and Meeting Streets.

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