Judith A. Bense
President emeritus, University of West Florida, anthropology and archaeology professor and researcher, Pensacola; age 73
This issue’s Icon, former UWF President Judith A. Bense, sheds light on what she learned growing up on a dairy farm and more. Bense, who is also an anthropology and archaeology researcher, said “I had to put my archaeology aside. I couldn’t touch it. It was difficult. But I will tell you that being a university president is so distracting, the schedule is such a killer, that you don’t have time to think. I tried going to an archaeology meeting early in my presidency and it didn’t work. It made me miss it more. I just had to put up a wall.”
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