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Tom Benner, board member

Tom Benner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Education in 1973, a 3rd generation graduate of MSU. A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, Tom’s involvement at Michigan State began while attending high school summer programs in music and drama programs on the MSU campus. During high school and again while at Michigan State, Tom worked in student government, holding various leadership positions including YMCA Youth Governor for the State of Michigan.

Tom began working with the MSU Alumni Association in the fall of 1996 when he approached the MSUAA about starting an Alumni Club in St. Louis. As a result of his efforts, the Greater St. Louis MSU Alumni Club was chartered in 1997. Tom served as Club President in St. Louis until a job transfer took him to Chicago in 2000. There, he worked to regenerate and re-launch the MSU Alumni Club of Metropolitan Chicago and served on its new Board of Directors for 5 years before returning to St. Louis.

In 2002, Tom was nominated to the MSUAA International Board of Directors where he chaired the Programs Committee and worked with Young Alumni Representatives to launch the MSUAA Young Alumni Initiative. He was appointed by President Simon to a committee to research and develop a set of best practices for alumni associations. The committee's recommendations resulted in the current MSU Advancement structure where the MSUAA resides today. Tom also served on the national search committee for MSUAA's current Executive Director of Alumni Relations. He currently serves as Vice President of the Michigan State University Alumni Association International Board of Directors.

Recently retired from AT&T, Tom and his wife Grace reside in Ballwin, enjoying their grandsons and Spartan sports.


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