Cook-Benjamin Introduced as New CPS Dean

Lorie Cook-Benjamin

Doane University President Jacque Carter has announced the hiring of Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin as Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Doane.

Cook-Benjamin comes to Doane University from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she most recently served as the Executive Director of Faculty Affairs and the Virtual College and was an Associate Professor of Education. Cook-Benjamin was a faculty member at Fort Hays State for the past nine years, teaching a variety of education courses in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and diversity.

Before moving to Fort Hays State in 2008, Cook-Benjamin served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Midland University from 1999-2004 before being promoted to Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Teacher Education Program from 2004-2008. Cook-Benjamin has a wealth of teaching experience across the country, holding positions in South Dakota, Washington, Kansas, and Iowa prior to coming to Nebraska.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin on board," said John Burney, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "She brings us concrete experience in academic planning and in offering innovative programs for adult students from her time at Fort Hays State University. She will bring both new ideas and a terrific intelligence and energy to growing Doane University's in-person and online programs."

Cook-Benjamin holds a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. She earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education at Washington State University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of South Dakota.

Cook-Benjamin has been recognized with numerous honors and distinctions, including being named recipient of the Fort Hays State University Phenomenal Woman award and was named a finalist for the Edmund Shearer Advisor of the Year award.

In addition to her leadership duties, Cook-Benjamin serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Diversity in Education and the Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research. Today marks Dr. Cook-Benjamin’s first day as Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Doane University. Her office is at Doane’s Lincoln campus, which you can reach at (402) 466-4774.