As an educator, Dr. Benton has been active in state and local professional organizations. He has served as president of the Tenth District NCAE Principals’ Division. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators after serving as president of the organization’s Fourth District and was elected president of the associations Principals’ Commission and served as president-elect of NCASA in 1986. Dr. Benton was also named “Administrator of the Year” by NCAE-OP.
In 1989, Dr. Benton founded Academics Plus Learning Center in Dunn, NC. This edu-business was established to supplement the educational activities of the public schools and private enterprises. In 1990, Academics Plus was incorporated and moved to Goldsboro, NC.