Linda Foster Benedict is newly retired (January 2017) from LSU AgCenter Communications, where she was associate director and professor. Her principal responsibilities included news service director, communications strategist, teacher/trainer and editor of Louisiana Agriculture, the LSU AgCenter’s quarterly magazine, which is published both in print and online.
A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Benedict has a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University in Ames.
Benedict’s career includes working for the communications offices at four other land-grant universities—Iowa State University, Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Southern University in Baton Rouge. She has was a newspaper reporter in Waterloo, Iowa.
She served as ACE president for two terms—1993-1994 and all but one month of the 1992-1993 term due to the death of Gary Hermance. Other service to ACE in addition to vice president and president-elect includes director, North Central Region; chair of the Diversity Committee twice; chair and vice-chair of the Photography Special Interest Group; program co-chair of annual conferences in 1990, 1988 and 1986; member of the Membership, Development Fund and the Strategic Planning committees; and state representative in both Iowa and Missouri.
Benedict has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Communication since 1995 and was the JAC Executive Editor from 2002-2005.
Her ACE awards include its highest honor, the Professional ACE Award; the Media Relations Award of Excellence; the Writing Award of Excellence; the Teacher/Training Award of Excellence; the Outstanding Professional Skill Award for integrated communication following hurricanes Katrina and Rita (also the gold award for the campaign); Outstanding Professional Skill Award for a satellite videoconference on newsletter production; Outstanding Professional Skill Award for educational campaign on breast cancer; gold award for a 5-minute educational video; gold awards for a media relations campaign and for a direct-mail package; gold awards for editing Louisiana Agriculture magazine; gold award for technology education on effective use of email; silver award for 30-minute documentary on 100 years of 4-H along with 6 co-workers; silver award for best innovative use of communication technology; silver award for editing the Rice Research Reports; silver award for “Media Training Made Easy” noncredit series of lesson plans; bronze award for writing; bronze award for marketing campaign; bronze award for a mass media campaign; bronze award for writing within a specialized publication; and numerous first, second and third place awards for writing, radio script writing and video script writing.