- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The president of Mount Marty College has resigned less than three years after being hired to lead the Catholic liberal arts institution in Yankton.

Joseph Benoit, the college’s 10th president, said he has enjoyed heading the school but that he misses teaching and research.

“I am looking forward to resuming my scientific career and being directly engaged in the education and training of future scientists,” Benoit said in a statement late Monday. He did not elaborate on his plans aside from saying he would pursue opportunities in biomedical science.

Benoit was hired in July 2011. He came from the University of North Dakota, where he had served as dean of the graduate school and professor in the department of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics for a decade. Previously he had served as director of graduate studies and as a professor at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Mount Marty’s Board of Trustees will quickly name an interim president and come up with a plan for hiring a successor, said Sister Penny Bingham, prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery and a college board member.

“We thank Dr. Benoit for the work done during his three years at the college and we wish him and his family well,” she said in a statement.

Mount Marty has about 600 students on its main campus in Yankton, and another 500 students at facilities in Watertown and Sioux Falls.

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