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Kenneth W. Bentley Appointed to Reading Is Fundamental’s Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2008—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest children and families’ literacy organization, has appointed Kenneth W. Bentley, vice president of community affairs and educational programs for Nestlé USA, to its board of directors.

Bentley also serves on the advisory board of RIF of Southern California. He is a member of the board of directors of the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine and the Harold Pump Foundation; a member of the Executive Leadership Council; and Phillips Temple CME Church where he serves on the Steward Board.

An accomplished writer, Bentley has published a dozen books and earned such professional awards as six Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communications. Five Prism Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, and seven CEBA Awards of Excellence from the World Institute of Black Communications. He was also named by Dollars and Sense magazine as one of America’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional Men.

Bentley, a Los Angeles native, received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Irvine and Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. In 1988, the trustees of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., awarded Bentley an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. He also completed the University of Michigan Executive Management Program.

 
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager
202-536-3528

 

Kenneth W. Bentley Appointed to Reading Is Fundamental’s Board of Directors