Athletics Hall of Fame
Jim and Nancy Bensen

Jim and Nancy Bensen


When Bemidji State University’s eighth president, M. James “Jim” Bensen retired, he and his wife, Nancy, were dubbed “First Fans” by Beaver Pride. They received Beaver spirit wear and lifetime tickets to every game. Jim and Nancy’s allegiance dates back to their student days at BSU in 1950s. The Bensens follow Beaver athletics literally and figuratively. They have traveled to many away competitions and met the baseball team in Arizona. They cheer from the stands, attend events, keep up with team developments, build relationships with athletes’ families and provide financial support. The Bensens have
been Beaver Pride members since they first arrived back in Bemidji. Their significant gifts to various athletic-related scholarships have earned them a place as President Level Beaver Pride members. Their contributions to athletics combine with the Nancy and Jim Bensen scholarship they created and other gifts to the University place them in the Benefactors Society on the BSU Foundation Donor Honor Roll. They also are charter members of the BSU Legacy Society.