Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs David Bejou joined SUNY Empire State College in July 2017. He currently oversees all undergraduate and graduate programs at SUNY Empire, including the School for Undergraduate Studies, School for Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, and International Programs.
In the past, he has served as dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences and professor of Marketing at West Virginia State University; dean of the School of Business and Economics and professor of Marketing at Elizabeth City State University; and vice provost, dean of the School of Business and professor of Marketing at Virginia State University. In addition, he was interim vice president for Academic Affairs and division head for Behavioral Sciences and Business at Texas A&M-Texarkana; and head of Retailing at Griffith University in Australia. He has led administrative initiatives and academic programs in classroom-based, hybrid and online environments. Prior to joining academe, Bejou had corporate experience in the financial services, hospitality and aviation industries.
Bejou has been recognized nationally for his sophisticated model of enrollment management, recruitment, retention, completion and graduation, which has been implemented at five universities. His publication, “Treating Students as Customers,” was featured in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, BizEd magazine, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and CBS News. He has published more than 50 academic articles and six books, including aviation-related publications used in official government reports by the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and American Bar Association. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Relationship Marketing, has served on numerous editorial review boards and chaired professional conferences. Bejou is known internationally for his perspectives on human rights, business compassion, customer relationship management and relationship marketing.
During his career, Bejou has been a vigorous advocate for diversity, including for underrepresented groups, military and nontraditional students. He founded and chaired the West Virginia State University International Human Rights Conference, was on the steering committee for the Institute for Studying Race Relations at Virginia State University, founded Business Summit, connecting students with leaders, and has promoted social justice and the rights of women, children, minorities and the LGBT community. In addition, he has been the recipient of a broad range of grants, academic fellowships and scholarships, as well as professional and teaching honors, including being named Impact Professor at UNCW and Marketing Thought Leader by the American Marketing Association, Marketing Science Institute, and University of Connecticut.
He is on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation and has served in board roles to support the United Way, Red Cross and Girl Scouts, as well as foodbank, arts, education and environmental initiatives. Bejou has a Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing and a minor in psychology, from the University of Memphis; an MBA in Aviation, with a minor in aviation management, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; and a B.A. in Linguistics, with a minor in English literature, from the College of Literature and Foreign Languages in Tehran, Iran.