PETER B. BENSINGER
Bensinger, DuPont & Associates
MR. PETER B. BENSINGER is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA), a privately owned professional services company that provides a wide range of consultation, training and employee assistance program services promoting a Drug–Free Workplace and employee health and safety as well as intervention and treatment for compulsive gambling. BDA also provides comprehensive risk management surveillance programs for prescription drugs through its wholly owned subsidiary, Prescription Drug Research Center (PDRC).
Prior to forming this consulting service with Dr. Robert DuPont, Mr. Bensinger served as Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He was appointed to this position in January of 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford and was confirmed by the Senate, serving over five and one-half years as Director of this major federal investigative agency. The Drug Enforcement Administration is responsible for criminal investigations, laboratory services, intelligence, training for federal, state and local law enforcement, and regulation of the legal manufacture of controlled substances for legitimate medical use. During Mr. Bensinger’s tenure, heroin overdose deaths decreased from 2,000 a year in 1976 to 800 in 1980, while heroin imports fell from 7 tons to under 4 tons per year. Federal legislation enacted in 1978 provided that the assets derived from illegal drug trafficking could be subject to forfeiture by the government.
Prior to Mr. Bensinger’s appointment in Washington, he served as Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections with direct responsibility for all penitentiaries, reformatories, training schools, and parole supervision. During this period, he was elected by directors of other state prison systems as President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois Youth Commission, Chief of the Crime Victims Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and as Executive Director of the Chicago Crime Commission.
Mr. Bensinger held responsible positions with the Brunswick Corporation from 1958 to 1968, serving as General Sales Manager for Brunswick United Kingdom in London, England, as General Sales Manager for Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, and as General Merchandise Manager of Brunswick International in Chicago.
He was a principal delegate to Interpol for the United States in 1978, was appointed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to serve on the Executive Committee of this 20,000 member police organization, and was Chairman of its Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Committee. He has been honored by the National Sheriffs Association with Honorary Life Membership and has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, and Dankook University in Seoul, Korea, for outstanding leadership in International Drug Control. In July 1995, Mr. Bensinger was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Governor’s Association for outstanding service to State Government. In August of 2006, Mr. Bensinger received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Former Federal Narcotic Agents and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Museum Foundation and was recognized by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Chicago which declared August 10, 2006 “Peter Bensinger Day in Chicago” for his leadership efforts to combat drug abuse.
Bensinger, DuPont & Associates has provided consultation, employee assistance, helpline services, training, security, and Violence in the Workplace services to over 500 organizations and government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, and the U.S. Postal Service, in addition to hospitals and health care providers, and major employers in the pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, consumer products, transportation, financial services, construction, and computer fields. The Prescription Drug Research Center (PDRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of BDA, provides comprehensive data collection, surveys, analysis, and reporting on abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
Both the United States Senate House and House of Representatives have sought Mr. Bensinger’s testimony, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and overseas on the subject of drug control, drugs in the workplace, and the need for consistency in corporate and government policy. He has authored articles published in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and in other national and international publications on drug abuse, and has appeared on network news programs, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, the MacNeil–Lehrer Report, Nightline, Meet the Press, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Crossfire, and Discussions with David Brinkley. The Harvard Business Review featured a Special Report by Bensinger on Drugs in the Workplace, and he has been quoted on this subject in cover stories in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Financial Times, and in Fortune, Business Week and Sports Illustrated.
Mr. Bensinger has been the recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Coast Guard; the highest award presented to a civilian, and has also received special commendation for Outstanding Leadership in Equal Employment Opportunity from the Department of Justice. Mr. Bensinger has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the Government of Peru and the John Howard Association awarded Bensinger its highest recognition for outstanding service in the field of corrections in 1971. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by the Chicago Latin School in 1978 and the John Phillips Award from the Phillips Exeter Academy for Distinguished Public Service in 1990. He has served on the Board of Trustees of civic and professional organizations, including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the American Correctional Association, the Juvenile Protective Association, the Chicago Council for Community Services, the City Club of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, the American Bar Association’s National Commission on Corrections, and the Phillips Exeter Academy. Mr. Bensinger has served on the visiting committee on the Humanities of the University of Chicago and as a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. In 1981, he was general Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Scouts National Law Enforcement Conference. From 1973 until 1985, Bensinger represented the United States Attorney General on the six-member Board of Directors of Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR), a $300 million government corporation responsible for industry in the Federal Penitentiary System. In June of 1991, Mr. Bensinger was appointed as Chairman of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and served in that position until January of 2003. Mr. Bensinger was elected a Laureate to the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 1997 for outstanding leadership in Government Service and received the year 2000 award from the Illinois Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling for Outstanding Leadership in the Private Sector. Mr. Bensinger serves on the Board of Directors of the DEA Educational Foundation.
Mr. Bensinger, a graduate of Yale University, was born in 1936 and speaks French, Spanish and Italian. He is married to a physician, Judith S. Bensinger. They have four children.