About the President
President, National University International
Mr. Bob Benson was appointed President of National University International, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, on November 1, 2012. Reporting to National University System Chancellor Dr. Jerry C. Lee, Mr. Benson oversees National University International’s operations as it continues to market the programs of the combined affiliates of the National University System to students across the globe.
Mr. Benson originally joined the National University System in 2009, most recently serving as President of Spectrum Pacific Learning. He originally joined National University as Vice President, Extended Learning. He was promoted to General Manager of Spectrum Pacific Learning in March 2011 and later to President in December 2011. He currently serves on the Urban Corps of San Diego Board of Directors, the Urban Corps Charter School Board of Directors, the LEAD San Diego Alumni Council, and has been appointed by the City of Carlsbad mayor and city council to the Carlsbad Library Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the City of Carlsbad Citizens’ Academy and the LEAD San Diego Program where he was awarded the LEAD San Diego Herbert G. Klein Visionary Award for making significant leadership contributions to the San Diego community. He served in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and as a member of the Butler University Board of Directors. Mr. Benson was also selected as a “Power to Be” in the December 2008 issue of San Diego Magazine.
Mr. Benson earned Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Political Science from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego and is currently a candidate for the Pepperdine University Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. Bob and his wife Sarah have two sons, Palmer and Reece.