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Mindy Benson - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Mindy Benson Mindy Benson

Vice President of Alumni & Community Relations | Southern Utah University


Mindy Benson, Vice President of Alumni & Community Relations, shares the importance of storytelling to the identity of an organization.



Mindy Benson is the vice president for alumni and community relations at Southern Utah University. Benson has progressed at SUU through a variety of positions, including director of student life and leadership and executive director of alumni relations.

Benson is a professional event planner who has run events nationally, regionally and on campus. She has directed and coordinated a variety of activities including concerts, building dedications, Presidential inaugurations, sporting events, and conferences. In her current position, she oversees alumni relations, regional services (which encompasses Head Start and Early Intervention, the Utah Center for Rural Health and the Business Resource Center and Small Business Development Center), Utah Summer Games, community outreach & summer conferences, and special events (such as commencement, homecoming and concerts).

A Cedar City native whose ties to the University go back generations, Benson earned her bachelor’s degree in zoology and her master’s in communication from Southern Utah University.





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Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Events Services Fund-Raising

Areas of Expertise (16)

Higher Education Community Patnerships Alumni Relations in Higher Education Event Planning, Concerts Event Planning, Presidential Inaugurations Alumni Relations Event Management & Production Student Advancement Community Outreach Alumni Outreach Special Events Event Planning Rural Health Event Planning Curriculum Event Planning, University Commencement History of Southern Utah University Outreach in Rural Communities

Education (2)

Southern Utah University: B.S., Zoology

Southern Utah University: M.A., Communication

Affiliations (5)

  • Rocky Vista Executive Advisory Council
  • Utah Center for Rural Health
  • Utah Summer Games
  • Business Resource Center
  • Small Business Development Center

Media Appearances (3)

Looking back at the origin of SUU 120 years later

KSL  online


A popular statue on campus honors “Old Sorrel” and the men that made the trip that saved the university. Mindy Benson, SUU vice president, alumni and community relations, believes that story, more than a century later, is a perfect example of the relationship between the small school and the town of a little more than 30,000.

“I think it shows the caliber of our community and what most impresses me is we see our community over and over again rise to that same occasion for the university,” she said. “There’s such an inextricable tie between SUU and our community that stems from the founders and what the community was willing to do start this school then.”

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SUU bringing concerts back to Festival City

The Spectrum  online


Southern Utah University recently booked two concerts in Cedar City and is promising more in the near future.

Residents who grew up in Cedar City fondly remember concerts from Sawyer Brown, Little Texas, Robert Palmer, and several others may have noticed a drought in recent years, according to Mindy Benson, vice president of alumni and community relations at SUU.

“The concert industry as a whole changed over the last decade and with the changes people just weren’t seeing concerts,” said Benson. “But President Scott Wyatt and many others working on the projects realized both the campus and community life could use a boost.”

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$48,000 Scholarships to Families of SUU Alumni

LDS Living  online

Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, Utah, is prepared to gift families of out-of-state alumni $48,000 in scholarship to pass on their Thunderbird legacy to the next generation.

Ever striving to enhance the value of an SUU diploma, the University offers both children and grandchildren of SUU graduates annual tuition breaks for undergraduate and graduate study. The university’s Alumni Legacy Scholarship is made possible through the Utah Legislature and allows non-resident students to pay resident tuition rates—a difference of nearly $12,000 each year for a full time student.

“We are thrilled to offer this as a benefit to all SUU students who have earned an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree at the University,” said Alumni Relations Executive Director Mindy Benson. “This really adds value to an SUU diploma, and our alumni are the best ambassadors for our school already, so we hope they take advantage of this great opportunity.”

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Articles (2)

Southern Utah University honors owners of Ruby’s Inn with Distinguished Service Award St George News


“Southern Utah University is proud to recognize the Syrett family for its uncommon warmth and hospitality in welcoming people from all over the world to Garfield County and Bryce Canyon,” Mindy Benson, vice president of alumni and community relations, said. “The Syrett family and SUU share a common link as each was built by courageous and hardworking pioneers who expand the horizons of others and have succeeded in the face of daunting barriers.”

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Event Planning: Writing and Teaching the First Event Curriculum at Southern Utah University SUU Communication Department


This project examines how an Event Planning Curriculum was designed, written and taught for the first Event Planning course at Southern Utah University. Event Planning is becoming a growing field within the study of Communications. This course was designed so students could have the basic event planning skill they would need to enter the work force and be considered for an event job.

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Courses (3)

COMM 4600 Event Planning

Discussion of contemporary communication topics varying by semester.

HRHM 4700 Event Planning

Specialized topics in Hospitality Management for students to extend beyond core curriculum.

COMM 6240 Event Management Internship

Students intern with professor and plan an event during the school year.