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Retiree Director-elect

Linda Benedict

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.

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