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Two new members join Benedictine University Mesa faculty for 2017-18 academic year

September 7, 2017

Mesa, Arizona ~ Two new members have joined the faculty at Benedictine University Mesa for the 2017-18 academic year, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Payne, Ph.D., announced recently.

“A goal of our BenU2020 strategic plan is to raise the academic profile of the University by assuring excellence in all academic programs,” Payne said. “These new faculty will make a direct impact on the quality of our programs and enhance the student experience.”

Yelitza Diaz, assistant professor for Biology, earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Saint Lucia, a Master of Business Administration at Davenport University and a Bachelor of Science in General Science at Pontifical Catholic University. Before joining Benedictine University Mesa as an assistant professor, Diaz was an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine, Paradise Valley Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Charles Johnson, assistant professor of Business, earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at City University Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Benedictine University Mesa. Before joining Benedictine University Mesa as an assistant professor, Johnson was an adjunct faculty member in Benedictine’s M.B.A. programs in Mesa and at Binh Duong University in Vietnam.


Benedictine University Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017 by Forbes magazine. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (602) 888-5500, or visit

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