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President Lloyd Benjamin III records

Identifier: uar1.2.10
The President Lloyd Benjamin III records contains internal, external, and international correspondence; internal and published reports and the drafts of some of those reports; agendas; and statistics among other materials.  The collection covers the years 1995-2008 with most of the material covering the years of Benjamin's presidency 2000-2008. The material covers topics of importance from the presidential tenure, giving insight into the many transitions that the university experienced in the first decade of the new millennium.  In that time, the university instituted many changes with the evolution of technology and its impact on higher education. The collection consists of the working files on projects and relationships with the public, the government, and the partners.  It includes a number of publications and drafts. Series Descriptions North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Documents. These documents bracket the Benjamin presidency by describing the visit of the NCA before Benjamin became president and a visit in 2007. Annual Reports This series includes copies of official annual reports of the university, the office of the president, and academic and administrative units from 1999 to 2007 but also includes working papers used to create those reports. Budgets This series describes the process of creating budgets, both annual and biennial, for the university.  Prominent are presentations form academic and administrative units on campus to President Benjamin, supplying him with information to make budget decisions. Construction Projects This series includes proposals for new buildings and requests for remodeling already existing facilities.  It also has working papers on long term planning. ISU Foundation This series includes statistics about Foundation campaigns, special projects involving the foundation, presentations to prospective donors, and working papers on creating and pursuing campaigns. Government Relations This series includes presentations to the Commission for Higher Education and the state legislature, reports from government bodies, correspondence between members of the government and President Benjamin, and internal communication between the president and administration officials tasked with working with the government. Interdepartmental Communications This series, the largest in the collection, contains data, directives, and reports shared between the various administrative and academic units on the campus and the office of the president.  It also includes communication and working papers with the Board of Trustees. Highlights include a proposal to create a law school at ISU and the Distinctive Programs initiative. International Affairs This series details the university’s and the president’s personal involvement with global outreach, focusing on China and Morocco. Public Relations This series details the focus on community engagement and recruitment of students and donors.  Special attention is paid to interactions between the Wabash Valley and ISU. Published Materials This series has examples of books and published materials produced or concerned with ISU. Grants This series details work with the Lilly Endowment and the Focus Indiana grants, among other grants. Speeches This series has copies and working drafts of the speeches given by President Benjamin from 2000 to 2008. Departmental Profiles This series is a collection of data describing the average student and their experiences by academic units at the University. Memorabilia This series has a few mementoes given to President Benjamin during his tenure. Capital Budget Request for 2005 This series was kept separate from the other government relations and budget requests because it was accessioned before the main body of Benjamin’s papers and was arranged separately.  It covers budgets and capital request from 2003 to 2006 Searches This series was kept separate from the interdepartmental communication series because it was accession before the main body of Benjamin’s papers and was arranged separately.  It covers major administrative searches from President Benjamin’s tenure. Sycamore Bowling This series contains special request to allow the ISU bowling club to compete in the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. Newspaper Clippings This covers the time period when President Moore announced his resignation, the search for the new president, and the inauguration of President Benjamin.  It is removed from published materials as it was accession before the main body of Benjamin’s papers. Invitations and Programs This covers the time period when President Moore announced his resignation, the search for the new president, and the inauguration of President Benjamin.  It is removed from published materials as it was accession before the main body of Benjamin’s papers.


  • Created: 1995-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Most materials are open for research use with advance notice to the archivist.  The Administrative Searches series is restricted.


24.50 Linear Feet

17 boxes other_unmapped

Biographical or Historical Information

Lloyd W. Benjamin III became the tenth president of Indiana State University on July 1, 2000. Prior to coming to ISU, President Benjamin served as vice president for academic affairs at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, from 1995 to 2000. He was dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1988 to 1995 and dean of the College of Fine Arts, UA-LR from 1984-1988. He also served as acting dean of the College of Fine Arts and chair of the department of art, UA-LR, from 1983-1984. Dr. Benjamin graduated from Emory University in 1966 with a bachelor of arts degree in the history of art. In 1973, he earned his Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation focused on "The Empathetic Relation of Observer to Image in 15th Century Flemish Painting." Dr. Benjamin is married to Wieke van der Weijden, who earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Leiden University, The Netherlands. The Benjamins have two grown children: a daughter, Saskia Jansje, and son, Lloyd William. Dr. Benjamin served as president of Indiana State University until 2008 and is now a faculty member in the Department of Art and Design.

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The records were delivered to Archives in three distinct sections.  Series 1 through Series 14 were delivered together, but no date is recorded.  Series 15 through Series 17 were delivered to Archives in June of 2006.  Series 18 and Series 19 were delivered to Archives in  August of 2012. The first fourteen series were not sorted when they were delivered.  There were 16 boxes of material as well as one framed picture.  Archives staff sorted through the material and arranged Series 1 through Series 14.  The original inventory of those sixteen boxes is available from archives on request.
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