Jack Benjamin retired in 2018 after 32 years at the University of South Carolina Aiken and is Professor Emeritus. Jack served as chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts from 1996 until his retirement and as Executive Director of the Etherredge Center from 2012 until his retirement in 2018. While at USC Aiken he directed over 75 productions and has directed over 150 productions since graduating from college. Prior to coming to Aiken, Jack taught in Dallas Texas and also served as a lighting and scenic designer for several professional theatres throughout the United States. In 2017 Jack was inducted into the South Carolina Theatre Association Hall of Fame. In March 2006 he received the Suzanne Davis Memorial Award. In 2004 he received the Founders Award (the highest award given to a South Carolinian) from the South Carolina Theatre Association. In 2002, Jack received the John F. Kennedy Center Medallion for his work in educational theatre. Jack has served as President of SETC for 4 terms.