CEO, Search Institute
Peter L. Benson
EducationPh.D., University of Denver
M.A., University of Denver
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Augustana College
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Dr. Peter L. Benson is president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, the nation's leading action tank for helping communities "grow great kids." A leading authority on human development, community mobilization, and social change, he holds a doctorate and master's degree from the University of Denver as well as a master's degree from Yale University. He is also the principal investigator and co-director for Search Institute's new Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, which seeks to advance knowledge, practice, and international interest in this important, but underemphasized domain of human development.
Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development, including, most recently, Vision: Awakening Your Potential to Create a Better World, Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers, and The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Among his many honors, Dr. Benson was the first visiting scholar at the William T. Grant Foundation and also received the William James Award for Career Contributions to the Psychology of Religion from the American Psychological Association.