Dr. Hubert Benitez
Dr. Hubert Benitez was appointed on January 1, 2016 as President and CEO of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences and also holds the Barbara Meinke and Robert A. Kleist Endowed Chair/Professorship at the institution.
A native of Colombia, Dr. Benitez received his first doctoral degree in Dentistry from Javeriana University, a Catholic, research-intensive institution of higher education, categorized as one of the most traditional universities in Latin America. Subsequently, Dr. Benitez completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine focused on education and research. He later earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University, College of Education and Public Service.
Dr. Benitez has dedicated the last two decades to higher education as an academic and administrator and approximately 15 years’ experience as a clinician. In addition to his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer, he has served in academic leadership positions including Provost & Chief Academic Officer; Dean of Health Sciences; National Program Director and Department Chair; Director of Continuing Education and Practice Management; Recruitment Specialist; Assistant Dean, Associate Director and Assistant Professor. All of these positions have been in mission-driven institutions, including private and public, research-intensive and career-focused colleges and universities.
Dr. Benitez’s academic passions are increasing access to education; multiculturalism and social integration; and working with first-generation and diverse student bodies. He is a member of numerous academic and dental organizations and serves on various advisory committees. He has been a guest lecturer in the US and abroad, and has been the recipient of more than ten federally and privately funded research grants. He has been recognized for forging international and interdisciplinary exchange programs. He was the recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Award and was recognized for special service to the community through excellence in education. He was also honored for Contributions to Suffolk County by the Suffolk County Executive, Office of Minority Affairs and was recognized as one of the Top 25 Advocates for Latino Empowerment.
He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He was recognized in America’s Top Dentists 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was awarded the excellence in teaching at the University of Manitoba in 2009.
Dr. Benitez has been married to his wife Sandra Patricia for over 25 years. Together they have two children Ana Ximena, 25, and Daniel, 24.