Arun Upneja, PhD, Dean of BU School of Hospitality Administration

Arun Upneja

Dean, BU School of Hospitality Administration

Arun Upneja, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)

Dr. Arun Upneja, Dean of the School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) at Boston University, is a visionary leader recognized for his strategic and inclusive approach. Appointed in 2013, he has steered SHA through a period of transformative growth, enhancing academic rigor, bolstering industry-relevant research, and expanding international partnerships. Under his direction, SHA has introduced new graduate programs, welcomed top-tier researchers, and significantly advanced its publication, the Boston Hospitality Review.

Dr. Upneja pioneered the Classroom-to-Classroom initiative to extend global educational perspectives by linking SHA with numerous international universities. He also launched the annual SHA Leadership Summit, drawing leading global executives and industry pioneers. His commitment to innovation led to the development of advanced degrees and multiple curriculum concentrations, preparing students to excel in the fast-paced hospitality sector.

With a philosophy that views the educational environment as a start-up, Dr. Upneja promotes a culture of relentless innovation and adaptability at SHA. His academic background includes a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Accounting, all from the University of Houston, along with a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Jammu, India. His practical experience spans several years in hotel management at the prestigious Taj Mahal Mumbai.

An esteemed scholar, Dr. Upneja has received numerous awards, including the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award (2007). He is also a prolific speaker and hosts the industry-focused podcast “Distinguished.” Prior to his current role, he served as Professor of Hospitality Financial Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Pennsylvania State University, where he significantly contributed to honors education and student development.

Distinguished podcast hosted by Arun Upneja