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Dr. Jeffrey S. Arpan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Business at the University of South Carolina, ranked #1 in international business by US News and World Report since 1989. He is also a Fellow and previous President of the Academy of International Business (the professional association of thousands of international business professors throughout the world) and a board member and executive of Hispanic Connections.

At age 24 he was the youngest person to receive a doctoral degree in international business from Indiana University and his dissertation was selected by the Academy of International Business as the best international business dissertation completed in 1971. In 1976, he was selected as one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America", in 2001 was named one of the "Ten Southerners to Watch in Globalization" by the Southern Growth Policies Board, and in 2002 was selected as the Community Ambassador of the Year for 2002 by the Board of Directors of International Friendship Ministries.

For more than a quarter of a century, he has researched and presented international business topics in over a dozen countries on five continents. His primary research interests are the global competitiveness of industries, the impact of culture on business practices, the relationship between international business and the ecological environment, and international business education. He has authored more than a half dozen books and fifty articles on these and other areas of international business.

Professor Arpan has been active in executive development programs for companies such as IBM, Verizon, Westinghouse, Eastman Chemical, Sonoco and Xerox. In 1999 he was awarded USC's Outstanding Teacher Award for Executive Education.

His three decades of teaching, research, and consulting in international business, combined with his world travels and frequent interaction with government officials and international business practitioners and academicians, provide him with unique insights about international business, international education, and careers in these increasingly important fields.

Education: D.B.A., Indiana University, 1971; B.A., Indiana University, 1969


Jeffrey S. Arpan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business, died Saturday May 28th, 2005 after a brief illness. A Jeffrey S. Arpan Fellowship has been established. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide support for graduate students in international business. Moore School of Business will provide matching funds for donations. Contributions should be sent to:

Jeffrey S. Arpan Fellowship
USC-MSB
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Last Updated: June 2005


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