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Ex-BSU president to speak Tuesday at CLC

Ex-BSU president to speak Tuesday at CLC

Jim Bensen, president emeritus of Bemidji State University, will present a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College as part of the Center for Lifelong Learning speaker series.

Bensen will speak on how to “Make the Future Your Friend.” Admission is $5 and free to Center of Lifelong Learning members.

Bensen has been involved for four decades with the design and development of leadership initiatives on the local, state, national and international levels. He enjoys his role as an “ambassador without a portfolio” and “entrepreneur at-large.”

Formerly professor and dean of the College of Industry and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, he has served as president of the Dunwoody College of Technology and Bemidji State University. He retired as president in 2001.

A native of Erskine, Bensen holds a bachelor’s degree from BSU, earned a master’s at University of Wisconsin-Stout and a doctorate from Penn State University.

During his career, Bensen has served as a consultant to public and private organizations throughout the world. He has worked with thousands of companies, communities, universities and economic development organizations in designing a “competitive edge for tomorrow.”

He chaired a community revitalization initiative in Bemidji, and co-chaired Destination 2025, the visioning process of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota.

Memberships of the speaker series provide discounts to all programs, with top-level founding members and sustaining members earning exclusive benefits. For more information on being a member or about the speaker series contact Brekken at 855-8146 or

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