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02-27-2007

Clarkson University Diversity Officer Elected to CICU Hall of Distinction

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bennett.jpg]

Sean T. Bennett, associate vice president of Institutional Diversity Initiatives and Pipeline Programs at Clarkson University, has been named to the 2007 Alumni Hall of Distinction by the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

While a student at Clarkson, Bennett was a founding member of a cross cultural organization SPECTRUMM (Students Proposing to Engineer Cultural and Thorough Relations Uniting the Minority and Majority). "At the time, the national trend was toward autonomous Black Student Unions, Latino Student Unions, and Asian Student Unions," says Bennett. "We combined those campus constituencies and took the responsibility to plan culturally relevant events throughout the year that reflected the interest of our diverse team." Bennett served as vice president of the organization twice and chaired the Black History Month subcommittee. He is also a founding member of the National Society of Black Engineers at Clarkson. Benett receives alumni recognition

After graduating from Clarkson with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Bennett was a k-12 educator in the Rochester City School District and then served as the lead administrator for Edison schools, located in Boston, Buffalo and Rochester. He gained senior-level experience in strategic planning, communication, staff recruitment/evaluation/development, fiscal management and team building.

Bennett took over the leadership of Clarkson's Office of Institutional Diversity Initiatives and Pipeline Programs in 2004. Pipeline Programs provide an educational continuum, a science and engineering pipeline, through a variety of programs, pathways and partnerships with community colleges, national laboratories, historically black colleges and universities, federal and state agencies and corporations.

"Sean is truly deserving of this honor from CICU," remarked Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University. "His vision and leadership experience is helping engage more minority students with campus services and programs and creating academic experiences that prepare all students to excel in the increasingly diverse work environments of the 21st century. Sean is also engaging the broader Clarkson community in a discussion of diversity by teaching an inclusion component in the freshman seminar and coordinating all campus tutoring services."

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson Associate Vice President Sean T. Bennett has been named to the 2007 Alumni Hall of Distinction by the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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