Arun Upneja Appointed Schreyer Honors College Associate Dean

June 4, 2010

Dr. Arun Upneja, associate professor of hospitality management, has been named associate dean of the Schreyer Honors College effective July 1.

"The honors college is most fortunate to have found in Dr. Upneja someone who has demonstrated a passionate commitment to the role honors education plays in an institution like Penn State,” said Schreyer Honors College dean Christian M. M. Brady in announcing the appointment.

Upneja has been on the faculty of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management since 1996. In his current role as associate professor, he has served as an honors adviser. During his tenure within the School of Hospitality Management, Upneja has served as professor-in-charge of International Programs, during which time he developed several programs including a three semester Global Hospitality Program that includes cohorts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hotelschool Maastricht in the Netherlands, and Penn State. In recognition of his research accomplishments, the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education named him the recipient of its John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Award in 2007.

“I’m very excited about working with honors students who are very interested in developing themselves and are motivated,” Upneja said. “I enjoy tremendously working with students who want to pursue their academic dreams and passions and who know what they’re doing and what they want to achieve in life.”

As he moves into his new position in the SHC, Upneja says he anticipates building upon his successes in establishing international programs with the college’s existing commitment that its Scholars build a global perspective during their undergraduate experience.

“Globalization is a key attribute of society now,” Upneja said. “Everything is becoming globalized – whether it’s phone calls, banking, products, or services, everything is being transacted around the globe. All of our students today should be citizens of this world, and I’m looking forward to enhancing the competencies of Schreyer Scholars in that respect.”

Upneja earned a B.S., an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Houston. He also holds a B.A. degree with majors in economics and business administration from the University of Jammu in India.

Upneja replaces Judy Ozment, who announced in February that she would be stepping down on June 30 after seven years in the position. Ozment will return to teaching at Penn State Abington this fall, where she had previously served on the faculty while earning the rank of associate professor of chemistry from the Eberly College of Science.

For more information about the Schreyer Honors College, contact Chris Arbutina, the college relations coordinator, at 814-863-4560 or at caa1@psu.edu.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.