Craig Benson

Adjunct Lecturer

Academic Division: Entrepreneurship


Craig Benson served as governor of the State of New Hampshire from 2002 to 2005. As a founder of Collingsworth Company, Mr. Benson is currently reviewing strategic investments and potential turnaround targets. Mr. Benson co-founded Cabletron Systems in 1983 and served as president and CEO, growing annual revenue to $1.6 billion. He was inducted into the Babson College Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs in 1995 and formerly served on the ITSD Advisory Board. He has launched the "NH Advantage Foundation," a charitable organization with a mission to develop and promote free enterprise-based programs that enhance the business and educational climates of New Hampshire.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Syracuse University
  • BS, Babson College

Academic Interests



Degree Courses 2016-2017



Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Lange, J.E., Benson, C.R. (2009). Studies in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy: Bridging the Digital Divide in New Hampshire Public Education (A) and (B). Babson College,

Book Chapters

  • Lange, J.E., Benson, C.R. (2014). Exercises to practice empathy: Understanding the entrepreneurial side of government. In Heidi Neck, Patricia Greene and Candida Brush (Ed.), Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Northampton: Edward Elgar Pub