A. Dwight Benedict
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., Gallaudet University
Short Biography

As the Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support, Dwight is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the following departments: Academic Advising, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, Athletics and Intramural Programs, Campus Activities, Career Center, Community Service Programs, Commuter Programs, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health and Wellness Programs, New Student Orientation, Office for Students with Disabilities, Office of Campus Ministries, Office of Student Conduct, Residence Life and Housing, Student Success, and Tutorial and Instructional Programs. He is the chief spokesperson and advocate for Student Affairs and serves as the liaison between administration and students.  Dwight chairs the Crisis Leadership Team, the Behavior Intervention Team, and Student Grievance Board.  He also serves on several committees including the President's Cabinet, Academic Affairs Management Team, Retention Council, the University Planning and Budget Committee, and the Capital Projects Planning Committee.

Recognizing that a majority of student hours are spent outside of the classroom, Dwight ensures Student Affairs and Academic Support contributes to the personal development and academic growth of students through an array of high quality and comprehensive learning opportunities in a supportive campus environment.  These programs and services work collaboratively, are student-centered, and provide a bridge to the academic programs of the University.

Dwight is well known for organizing special events and conferences. In 1998 and 2000 he was the chair of the Student Life Conference at Gallaudet University designed for student development professionals who work in the residence halls at schools for deaf and hard of hearing students. He served on the 1980 NAD Convention Committee, led the planning of Deaf Way II as the vice-chair in 2002, and is currently on the Board of the Youth Leadership Camp Alumni Foundation.

Dwight has always been involved in and a strong supporter of deaf sports. Dwight was the U.S. team director at the Winter World Games for the Deaf in both Norway, 1987, and Canada, 1991. He was the ski team leader for the Winter World Games for the Deaf in Finland, 1995, Switzerland, 1999, and Sweden, 2003. He was also the CEO for the 16th Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007 and previously served on the board for the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.  

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