Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences President Kayse Shrum has announced the promotion of Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., to vice provost for graduate programs.
“Dr. Benjamin has proven himself as a dedicated educator whose experience in biomedicine and research is invaluable for our students,” said Shrum. “He will continue to be an asset to the university as he leads the graduate programs at OSU-CHS.”
Benjamin has served as interim vice provost since 2011 and is associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology.
As vice provost, Benjamin serves in a leadership role for the university’s graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences and health care administration. He headed the development of the new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum, which was implemented in 2013. As part of an effort to increase understanding and awareness of OSU-CHS research efforts, Benjamin has spearheaded the Research Spotlight series in conjunction with OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa.
In addition to his duties at OSU-CHS, Benjamin heads the OSU Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technologies. CWeSST is an interdisciplinary team of researchers in biomedical sciences, engineering and apparel design working to develop wearable smart garments for use in health and wellness. The center was awarded the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater last fall.
Benjamin joined the faculty in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997 as an assistant professor. He has served as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and head of the OSU School of Biomedical Sciences.
He earned his Ph.D. in medical physiology at the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Before joining the faculty at OSU-CHS, Benjamin spent eight years as assistant professor of cell biology at Duke University Medical Center. He has also worked as a research scientist at Texas A&M University and as an assistant professor of research at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.