Benita Bannis

Benita Bannis Ed.S.


Benita Bannis, Ed.S. is the Assistant Director of the UF/IFAS International Support Team (IIST) at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) in Gainesville, Florida.

As the leader of the IIST, Benita leverages over ten years of experience supporting over $100 million dollars in research, extension, and teaching activity to provide training, guidance, and representation to UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and administration regarding international collaboration and engagement. UF/IFAS is home to dynamic and innovative international projects, including two major USAID awards that, together, touch three continents. The IIST provides financial, administrative, compliance expertise to ensure that UF/IFAS is well-equipped to further its collaborative efforts across the globe. Using a collaborative approach, Benita leads her team to create systems of support that bridge the gap between students, faculty, administration, staff, and international partners.


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