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Thomasenia Benson

Thomasenia Benson (SC '97)


At the time of the Award, Thomasenia Benson was:

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Orangeburg, SC

Biographical Information

Since retiring, Thomasenia Benson has worked with high school principals as an educational consultant in the area of leadership, specializing in working with principals at low-performing schools. Previously, Mrs. Benson was the principal of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, 70 percent of whose students qualified for free or reduced-lunch programs. Undaunted, she instilled in her staff and students the motto, "Performance without Excuse," demanding punctuality, good grooming and neat attire. Through corporate grants and partnerships with a local university, Mrs. Benson established a comprehensive technology program at Orangeburg-Wilkinson that included 600 computers in 47 classrooms and training for over 60 percent of her staff. As a result, student test scores rose dramatically and the dropout rate became negligible, with Orangeburg-Wilkinson students receiving millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Additional Information


1968 Benedict College, B.A.