Benes Aldana

Benes Aldana

President and CEO of The National Judicial College

Benes Aldana serves as the eleventh president and CEO of The National Judicial College. Prior to joining the NJC in 2017, he served for 22 years in the United States Coast Guard in various leadership roles, retiring as a captain (O-6) and as the first Asian Pacific American to serve as chief trial judge of a U.S. military branch. Under his visionary and transformative leadership, the college has seen unprecedented growth, innovative program development, and a record-breaking enrollment surge in 2020 through online programming responsive to contemporary challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice concerns. His initiatives, such as the first-of-its-kind Judicial Academy for aspiring judges and courses addressing contemporary issues like artificial intelligence, climate science and anti-racism, highlight his dedication to evolving judicial education to meet modern challenges.

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Dean Anthony E. Varona , Hon. Benes Aldana, and Judge Meng Li Che in conversation at Luminaries in Law event (2023)
Dean Anthony E. Varona, Hon. Benes Aldana, and Judge Meng Li Che at Luminaries in Law event (2023)
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