Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett will address Southern Utah University’s Class of 2010 as the University’s keynote speaker during the 111th annual Commencement exercises on Friday, April 30, in the Centrum Arena.
Senator Bennett will offer greetings to approximately 1800 SUU graduates as they prepare to leave college for new adventures.
Of this opportunity, SUU President Michael T. Benson said, “Senator Bennett has had a long and distinguished career both in the private and public sectors, and his contributions have benefitted our entire state and region.”
First elected to the Senate in 1992, Senator Bennett (R) is currently serving his third term as a U.S. senator. He has filled many roles during his tenure, as a member of the Republican leadership team, senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, member of the distinguished Joint Economic Committee, ranking Republican on the Senate Rules Committee, and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Bennett currently serves as counsel to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), providing advice on legislative strategy and policy.
Benson added, “I know our students and the SUU community will enjoy hearing one of the U.S. Senate’s greatest orators, and we look forward to his message to the Graduating Class of 2010.”
Bennett has earned a reputation for his creativity and common-sense solutions to issues important to both Utahns and the nation.
Speaking specifically to the Senator’s relationship with Southern Utah University, Benson said, “Our institution has been incredibly fortunate to have Senator Bennett’s backing and advocacy for several projects and endeavors, including the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the new Science Center currently under construction.”
Before his political rise, Senator Bennett was well known in his previous post as CEO of Franklin International Institute, now Franklin Covey. During his time as CEO, the business grew from only four employees to over 1,000.
Senator Bennett is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he served as student body president. He and his wife, Joyce, are the proud parents of six children and 20 grandchildren.