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Clifford Bennett Joins Alumni Society Board of Directors

Article announcing Clifford Bennett as a new member of the College of Education's Alumni Society Board

by Joe Savrock (February 2008)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State’s College of Education welcomes Clifford Bennett ’76 D.Ed. as the newest member of its Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Bennett is professor at Cleveland State University, where he is chairman of the Department of Teacher Education. Among his achievements as chairman over the past seven years were the recruitment and hiring of the department’s first eight African American and Hispanic faculty members.  His department also attracted the largest number of grant dollars at the university—including the six-year, $36 million Ohio Reading First Center, a $3 million LEAPS in Early Childhood Literacy grant, and multiple federal and state awards for the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.

Previously, Bennett was a tenured faculty member at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has been deeply involved with community work, having served as a member of the Charlottesville City School Board, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center, and the executive committee of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies.

Bennett completed his doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction at Penn State in 1976.  He earned his masters degree in history and education from John Carroll University and his bachelor of arts in political science from Lincoln (Pa.) University. In 2007, the Alumni Society of Penn State’s College of Education awarded Bennett with its Leadership and Service Award.