Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced the appointment of Alan Benson of Streamwood, Illinois, as vice president for student development and discipleship effective Monday, July 23.
Benson will oversee key functions that impact the overall BJU student experience such as student discipleship, student leadership, student activities and organizations, residence life, student conduct, and student care, including counseling and physical health.
“I intend this to be a transformative position,” said Pettit. “We will retain our biblical positions, commitment to conservative lifestyle, emphasis on character development, and the nurturing of a spiritually edifying campus atmosphere. The vice president will work to carry out my vision for students. This involves transforming the student experience at BJU.”
Benson has 25 years of pastoral experience as a youth pastor and senior pastor in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. He comes to BJU from Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he has served for five years as senior pastor of the 600-member church and president of a Christian day school of nearly 1,000 students.
“Alan will be a strong addition to our executive team here at BJU,” said Pettit. “He has earned a reputation for transformative leadership. He has a strong understanding of biblical discipleship and a recognized passion for college students. I believe he will significantly enhance the experience of our students during their years at BJU.”
Benson earned a BA in Bible at Bob Jones University in 1992, a Master of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011 and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at BJU Seminary.