Guy Potter Benton Becomes President of Miami University


Dr. Guy Potter Benton, Ohio Wesleyan 1886, was the thirteenth president of Miami University (1902–11), the fifteenth president of Phi Delta Theta, and the Grand Patron of Delta Zeta. He also served as university president at Upper Iowa University, the University of Vermont, and the University of the Philippines.

Dr. Benton was president of Miami University during the time of Delta Zeta’s founding in 1902 and was instrumental in working with its founders in the early development of the sorority. He was the only man ever permitted to wear the Delta Zeta badge.

Benton died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is buried next to his wife in the Miami University plot of the Oxford Cemetery. His headstone indicates that he was “President of Miami University” and “National President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.” Two buildings on the Miami University campus have been named for him. First was the administration building and auditorium, now known as Hall Auditorium, and the current Benton Hall is an engineering building.