President and Francis B. Gummere Professor of English
B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D., Yale University
Kimberly W. Benston assumed Haverford's presidency on July 1, 2015.
An accomplished academic leader and the Francis B. Gummere Professor of English, Dr. Benston served as Haverford's Interim Provost and then Provost from 2012 to 2015, during which time he was a primary author of the Plan for Haverford 2020 and oversaw a number of important new academic initiatives. He has been a member of the Haverford faculty since 1984.
Dr. Benston is renowned scholar whose interests include modern drama, African-American literature and culture studies, the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, performance studies, photographic history and theory, and critical animal studies. Dr. Benston has also taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Yale University, where he earned his B.A, M.A, M. Phl, and PhD.