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Dr. Hubert Benitez was appointed on January 1, 2016, as President and CEO of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences and holds the Barbara Meinke and Robert A. Kleist Endowed Chair/Professorship at the institution. President Benitez has dedicated the last two decades to higher education as a faculty member, a researcher, an 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; Department Chair; Director of Continuing Education; Recruitment Specialist; Assistant Dean, Associate Director and Assistant Professor.

Dr. Benitez has ample experience in research, academic administration, leadership, strategic planning, and with regional accreditation and programmatic accreditation. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator for more than a  twelve research grants funded by private and federal agencies. In addition, he continues to serve as a reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has assisted academic institutions in the design and implementation of academic, assessment and evaluation, and accreditation programs and initiatives.

Dr. Benitez is an advocate for increasing access to education; of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and social integration; and for working with first-generation and diverse student bodies. He recently led the creation of the Pathways to Health and Science Education Program, an academic bridge program designed to increase the diversity of students pursuing careers in the healthcare fields.

Dr. Benitez is a member of numerous academic organizations and serves on various Boards and advisory committees. He has been a guest lecturer in the US and abroad and has been the recipient of several federally and privately funded research grants. He has been recognized for forging international and interdisciplinary exchange programs; was the recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Award; and was acknowledged in Long Island, NY for his special service to the community through excellence in education. He has been 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, and was awarded the excellence in teaching at the University of Manitoba in 2009.

  • PhD – Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University, Missouri, 2013
  • Post – Doctoral Fellowship, Education and Research – University of Connecticut, 2005
  • DDS – Javeriana University, Colombia, 1985
  • Institute for Educational Management (IEM) – Harvard University, 2017
  • Executive Development Program (EDP) – Wharton School of Business, 2018
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