|Position:||Senior Academic Coordinator|
Dusty Bennett joined the Student-Athlete Development staff at Georgia State as a full-time member in 2009, but his tenure as a member of the Panther family is much longer. He is a former student-athlete on the baseball team and served as a graduate assistant before being elevated to full-time status in academic support of GSU student-athletes.
In his years working with football and men and women's golf, Bennett has guided student-athletes to multiple CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards (Tom Sherreard in 2010 and Charlotte Lorentzen in 2010, 2011) while also helping six Panthers earn eight national academic awards: Tom Sherreard (2010), Charlotte Lorentzen (2010, 2011), Alan Fowler (2010, 2011), Laura Sanchez (2011), Solveig Helgesen (2011) and Scott Sarratt (2013).
As the inaugural season of GSU football approached, Bennett worked with the team that posted a 2.82 cumulative grade-point average during the 2009-10 academic year. The 2010 football season brought success both on and off the field for the Panthers as they secured a winning record for the inaugural season and accomplished a 2.75 cumulative GPA. The woman's golf team won the 2010 CAA Championship and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Regional while maintaining a 3.14 cumulative GPA. The Panthers finished as runner-up in 2011 and sent one individual to the NCAA Regional while the team posted a 3.62 cumulative GPA that academic year. The men's golf team recorded the highest GPA for all of the men's sports represented at Georgia State during the 2009-10 seasons, when it sent one individual to the NCAA Regional.
Bennett spent the 2008-09 season as a graduate assistant working primarily with the Life Skills area at Georgia State. He worked with the men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, volleyball and women's soccer. Bennett also helped with the planning and execution of different Life Skills events such as the CAA Blood Drive and Toys 4 Tots.
Bennett was a four-year member of the Panther baseball team (2005-08) and an active member in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was one of two student-athletes to represent Georgia State at the CAA Conference in Baltimore, Md.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in art history from Georgia State in May 2008, Bennett went on to complete his master's in sport administration in 2009. Bennett currently teaches GSU1010 at Georgia State, a class structured for freshman student-athletes to learn the essential skills needed to be successful. Bennett also serves as the International Student-Athlete Liaison, establishing a relationship between student-athletes and on-campus international student resources.
Along with his duties as academic advisor, Bennett also leads the Student-Athlete Affairs program at Georgia State.
A native of Tyrone, Ga., Bennett currently resides in the Atlanta area.