Vince Benigni was appointed by President P. George Benson to be the College's Faculty Athletics Representative in 2009. Dr. Benigni replaced Dr. William Moore, who served as the College's only FAR in its history before his untimely passing in Spring 2009. Dr. Benigni serves on the Southern Conference's Men's Basketball Committee.
Dr. Benigni received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1999. While at UGA, he served a three-year research assistantship with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards, considered the world's premier broadcast award. A summary of his dissertation, a study of external communication strategies in sports heritage venues, was presented at the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame Conference in Fall 1999. In Summer 1998, Dr. Benigni co-produced a video for the Ty Cobb Museum (Royston, GA) that was a finalist for the prestigious Vision Award. His previous degrees came from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Journalism) in 1983 and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (English) in 1990.
For 10 years, Dr. Benigni was a sports information director (SID), beginning with a two-year stint as an assistant SID at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1986-88. Among his duties was being the primary media contact for National Player of the Year David Robinson in men's basketball. From 1988-96, he was SID for a 22-sport program at Mary Washington College (VA).
He was the first recipient of the prestigious Department of Communication Chair's Award in 2004, and again received the award in 2006. Student leaders from PRSSA and Lambda Pi Eta voted him the Department's Teacher of the Year in 2006.
Dr. Benigni was a longtime member of the Cougar Club (athletics) Board of Directors, serving on various fund raising and steering committees. He has also authored a book titled True Maroon: A History of College of Charleston Athletics, which was published in Spring 2008.
He led a research team that studied the impact of Internet communities on college sports. The project includes several journal articles, published in such refereed outlets as the Electronic Journal of Communication and an upcoming book volume/chapter titled Sports media: Transformation, Integration, Consumption (Routledge).