Professor of public administration.
Frederick T. Bent graduated from Ohio State University in 1943, and received his M.A. in 1947 and Ph.D. in 1954 from the University of Chicago. He studied political science and minored in industrial relations. His teaching positions include: assistant and later associate professor, American University of Beirut (1951-55), where he helped establish the school's first public administration program; assistant professor of political science, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1955-1956) and University of Pennsylvania (1956-1958); associate professor of public administration, Cornell University Graduate School of Management (1958-1987). Between 1962 and 1965, he taught at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Bent was a consultant to several Middle Eastern governments and universities, and worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Ford Foundation.
He advised the government of Bahrain on public administration in 1973 and was director of The American University of Beirut's School of Management from 1978 to 1981. He was also active in local politics in Ithaca and Lansing, New York, seving as chairman of the Liberal Party of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Social Planning Council.