Columbia, SC - Joe Benton, Class of 1968, has been named the President of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) during their 42nd Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Benton had been working to be "a power for good" since 1965. He received a BA in Social Sciences from Benedict College, SC and a Master's of Social Work from the University of Washington. Over the years, he has conceptualized, planned, organized and implemented human service programs with an emphasis on youth.
Mr. Benton serves as Board President of the Communities in Schools of the Midlands, serves on the Board of the South Carolina State Employee Association, and serves on the National Steering Committee and Board for the Working Assembly of Governmental Employees and on the National Steering Committee for the National Association of Black Social Workers. Prior to his retirement, he was the Special Assistant for Faith Initiatives working primarily with the AME Church.
He was also the Richland County Director of Juvenile Justice for over 10 years and Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina for over 10 years. Additionally, Joe served as the Director of the National Youth Development Bureau for two years, under President Jimmy Carter's administration. Additionally, he was the President of the Columbia Chapter of NABSW for over 10 years.
Benton's Goals for the NABSW
- Establish clear measurable goals for the NABSW.
- Make use of the latest technology to mobilize, to advocate and to develop activists.
- Initiate and implement real change by leading the NABSW to modern internal operation methods and by enhancing the financial operations of the organization.
- Communicate more effectively with NABSW members.
- Build a one million dollar endowment of for the NABSW.
- Financially reward NABSW chapters for building membership, sponsorships and for developing new chapters.