Dale and Jolita Benson both attended PLU and graduated in 1963. Dale earned a BA in history and then a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Maine. He has had a long and successful career in the financial industry. He is a member of the university’s Board of Regents.
Jolita graduated from the School of Education and has dedicated her life to educating children. She has lived out her passion each day as a teacher, mother and dedicated volunteer.
Throughout her career Jolita exhibited unique gifts for recognizing the needs of children and providing them the support and positive regard that allowed them to flourish.
The Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture seeks to encourage the thoughtful exploration of education in its various capacities and different ways education can and should be accessible to all.