Friday, September 9, 2016

Columbia, SC -- September 9, 2016 -- Benedict College recently was awarded full re-accreditation for its Environmental Health Science Program from the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) for a term of six years. The Council found that Benedict College EHS program to be a solid undergraduate environmental health academic program that turns out alumni well prepared in the principles and practice of environment health. EHAC will conduct its next evaluation of the program in 2022.

The mission of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council is to enhance the education and training of students in environmental health science and protection. The EHAC Council develops and applies accreditation guidelines for institutions of higher education that wish to ensure premium quality education and training of environmental health science and protection practitioners.

"As the director of the Benedict College Environmental Health Science Program, I am pleased to report that the program has received a unanimous vote from the national environmental accreditation council for a full six year re-affirmation of its accreditation,” said Dr. Milton Morris.  “This prestigious achievement was made possible by outstanding leadership from the college's administration and from numerous contributions by persons and organizations within the college."

“Benedict College is proud to earn re-accreditation from the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council,” said Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO, Benedict College. “We are elated that our baccalaureate degree program in Environmental Health Science was determined to meet EHAC standards for quality and integrity.”  

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution and currently has over 2,350 students enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs. Dr. David H. Swinton is the thirteenth president of Benedict College. Since Dr. Swinton’s appointment in 1994, the College has experienced a dramatic increase in its enrollment, particularly among male students. As a result of this tremendous growth, Benedict has the second largest undergraduate population of the 20 private institutions in South Carolina, and has become the third largest college in The College Fund/UNCF network. Benedict has over 17,000 alumni throughout South Carolina and the United States. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for 146 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of over $106.7 million.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 Kymm.Hunter@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 Carolyn.Wigfall@benedict.edu

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