Prior to being selected as the superintendent for Alamance-Burlington Schools on March 26, 2018, Dr. Benson served as superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia from 2014-2018. During his tenure, Dr. Benson led the development and implementation of a new vision, mission, goals and strategic plan, and completed a two-year implementation of a new enterprise resource planning tool for finance and human resources to improve budget development and financial management. Additionally during this time, the division opened a new high school, completed additions to two existing high schools, developed a new set of educational design specifications for elementary schools, and broke ground for a new elementary school based on the new design specifications.
Before joining Stafford County, Dr. Benson served as superintendent in Accomack County, Virginia, from 2011-2014, and as assistant superintendent in Albemarle County, Virginia, from 2006 to 2011. In Albemarle County Public Schools he served as director of technology from 1999 to 2003 and as executive director for curriculum, instruction and technology from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Benson began his education career in Franklin, Virginia, teaching chemistry, biology and computer science. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University with a major in biology and minor in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in secondary education from Old Dominion University with a teaching endorsement in computer science, Dr. Benson’s doctorate in administration and supervision was granted by the University of Virginia. In addition, Dr. Benson completed the Executive Leadership Program for Educators at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
Dr. Benson and his wife, Barbara, have four grown children, the youngest residing in Durham, North Carolina.