Dr. Gregory Benesh Appointed University Ombudsman

June 9, 2003
News Photo 1399Dr. Gregory Benesh

by Larry D. Brumley

Baylor University Provost David L. Jeffrey has announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory A. Benesh, professor of physics, to the newly created position of University Ombudsman for Faculty.

"I am delighted that Dr. Benesh has agreed to serve in the unique and unprecedented capacity of university ombudsman," Jeffrey said. "His reputation as a first-rate scholar-teacher and wise counselor qualify him for this new and important assignment. He has the respect of faculty and administrators alike and will serve as a voice for reconciliation and natural justice in the academic community at Baylor."

Benesh's responsibilities will include providing dispute resolution in faculty-to-faculty and faculty-to-administration relations; offering advice and counsel to faculty whose need for mediation or guidance through normal processes is not being fully realized; and sitting as an observer at both Faculty Senate and Council of Deans meetings. He also will submit an annual report to the Faculty Senate, Council of Deans, Provost and President that will summarize cases from the previous year and make suggestions concerning faculty/administrative relations and processes.

"I would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey for his initiative in creating the Ombudsman position and for the confidence he has placed in me," Benesh said. "My goal as University Ombudsman is to bring resolution and reconciliation to conflicts that naturally arise at any large institution such as Baylor, and to do so in a way that is consistent with Christian charity and our mission as a Christian university. I ask for the support of faculty members and administrators as I seek to fulfill these responsibilities."

A member of the Baylor faculty since 1982, Benesh received his bachelor's degree in physics from Rice University, earned master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Northwestern University and also completed a master's degree in mathematics while on the physics faculty at Baylor. In addition, he conducted postdoctoral research at the renowned Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and has served as visiting scholar at the Cavendish Laboratory, the SERC Daresbury Laboratory in England, the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the University of Cardiff in Wales. He also has served as a University Fellow at Northwestern and as a Fellow with the NATO Advanced Study Institute in Ghent, Belgium.

Benesh has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as "Surface Science," "Journal of Physics," "Physical Review" and "Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena." He also has been an invited presenter at numerous scientific conferences and seminars throughout the United States and Europe. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Division of Condensed Matter, Texas section; Sigma Xi research honor society; and Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society.

In 1992, Benesh was recognized as Baylor's Outstanding Tenured Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Faculty Senate, the Robert Foster Cherry Awards committee, Founders Day committee and Baylor Leadership Challenge and is the physics department coordinator for the under-construction Baylor Sciences Building. He served on the University Planning Council from 1995-99, as chair of both the Tenure Policy Review Task Force and University Tenure Committee from 1996-97, a member of the University Tenure Committee from 1994-97, and director of graduate studies in physics from 1993-96. He also participated on dean search committees for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School.

A longtime Boy Scout leader, Benesh has received several distinguished awards from the Boy Scouts of America, including the Silver Beaver, the Award of Merit, the Vigil Honor, the Distinguished Commissioner Award and the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He is a member of the executive board of the Longhorn Boy Scout Council and serves as director of Baylor's Merit Badge College.

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