BUENA VISTA, Virginia — When acclaimed author Jeff Benedict starts teaching at Southern Virginia University this fall, his students may wish that instead of writing a book about Latter-day Saint business practices he had written “The Mormon Way to Get an A.”

Benedict, author of one of this year’s hit business books, The Mormon Way of Doing Business, will teach classes in contemporary affairs and advanced writing. He will join the renowned fiction author Orson Scott Card, also a distinguished professor at Southern Virginia, to provide expertise in professional writing.

“We’re thrilled to have Jeff join us as a distinguished professor,” says Southern Virginia President Rodney K. Smith. “Our small class sizes are an ideal setting for our students to learn from his experience as an author, attorney and investigative journalist.”

Benedict holds a J.D. from the New England School of Law, an M.A. in political science from Northeastern University, a B.A. in history from Eastern Connecticut State University and an A.A. from Ricks College. He is a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated and the Hartford Courant. His work also has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chronicle of Higher Education and ESPN’s online magazine.

“For over ten years I’ve been writing for commercial publishers, national magazines and newspapers,” Benedict says. “I look forward to sharing the writing craft and the lessons I’ve learned with students at Southern Virginia.”

Benedict appears on CNN as a commentator on Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s prospects. He also has appeared as an expert on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, HBO, ESPN and Court TV.

Benedict’s other books include Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL; Without Reservation: How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World’s Largest Casino; No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America’s Oldest Skeleton; Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA’s Culture of Rape, Violence and Crime; Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women, and Athletes and Acquaintance Rape.

Southern Virginia University is the only independent liberal arts college primarily for Latter-day Saints. Its mission is to prepare students to become leader-servants — equipped to lead and ready to serve. By providing rigorous instruction in the letters, arts and sciences, Southern Virginia provides an ideal learning atmosphere characterized by intensive student-faculty interaction, engaging educational experiences and a supportive campus environment. Learn more at www.svu.edu