John E Benson

Professor Emeritus

612-330-1150 (MAL office)

“Leadership today requires competencies never before seen as important as they are today. Emotional Intelligence and everything that goes with it is one. Knowledge and skills supporting innovation are a second. Finally, though certainly not least of these, is cultural knowledge and awareness, in their local and global contexts.”

“The wonderful thing about Augsburg’s Masters in Leadership Program is the way its religious, humanities, and urban emphases are worked into its various courses.”


  • B.A. Augsburg¬†University
  • B.D. Luther Seminary
  • PhD Columbia University

Current research interests

  • Cognitive Sciences and Religion
  • Design thinking and Innovation