Catherine Benson, chair of Trine University’s Ketner School of Business, has been
named dean of the school, effective June 1.
“I am extraordinarily honored and humbled to be named to this position,” Benson said.
“Dean Toby Swick has done amazing things for and with the Ketner School of Business
team over the last few years. We have seen unprecedented growth and have expanded
our student development programs and offerings.
“I hope to continue KSB’s positive trajectory with our tremendous team of faculty,
staff and students. Our main focus will continue to be on serving students and making
“Cat’s familiarity with the school, dedication to its students and strong leadership
skills make her an excellent choice as dean for the Ketner School of Business,” said
John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Trine University. “Trine
University’s business programs enjoy a legacy of growth and excellence, and we are
confident this will continue and expand under Cat’s direction.”
Swick, who has served as dean since 2016, will transition to chair on June 1.
“Toby will provide Cat with tremendous support in her new role,” said Shannon.
Benson has served as director of Trine’s golf management program since 2012 and chair
for the Ketner School of Business since 2016. In addition to her teaching duties,
Benson instituted Tee It Up Trine, a student organization focused on philanthropy,
instruction and promotion of golf.
She has earned multiple teaching honors during her tenure. In February, at the Indiana
PGA Spring Business Meeting, she was honored with the Horton Smith Award, designed
to recognize individual golf professionals for their outstanding and continuing contributions
to developing and improving education opportunities for the PGA golf professional.
She also was elected secretary for the organization, becoming the first female officer
on the Indiana PGA Board.
In 2018, Trine University awarded Benson the Professor Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence
in Teaching Award and the Charles William, Nelle Paris and Mary Ann McKetta Excellence
in Teaching Award in Business. She previously received the Mary Ann McKetta Excellence
in Teaching Award in Business from the university in 2014.
She also was honored in 2018 for Teaching Excellence in Sports by Greater Fort Wayne
In addition to her work at Trine, Benson serves on the regional Junior Achievement
board and is chair of the Indiana PGA Section Membership Committee. She also supervises
the 101 Lakes Junior Golf Tour, which provides instruction, recreation and competitive
opportunities for young golfers.
Benson earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration
in finance from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and her Master of
Science in leadership from Trine University. She has earned player development certification
from the PGA of America, where she is a Class A member.
Her roles prior to joining Trine University included serving as director of golf for
the city of Richmond, Indiana, and head women’s golf coach for Bethel College in McKenzie,