Dr. John D. Christesen, Professor Emeritus of Management and former Chairman of the Department of Business at SUNY Westchester Community College, holds the Joseph and Sophia Abeles Distinguished Chair of Business. He earned his B.A. in Economic Theory from Hunter College, his M.B.A. (with Distinction) from The Lubin School, Pace University and holds a Doctor of Industrial Management (Honoris Causa) from the University of Industrial Management. Post Graduate Studies were at Columbia University Teacher’s College, Pace University Urban Institute, and Holyoke Community College.
He is past President of the New York State Association of Two Year Colleges and served as the first President of the Northeastern Association of Two Year Colleges. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society. He is on the adjunct faculty of Mercy College and Iona College. He Co-authored The Complete Resume Handbook, wrote the AVT Business Program Design Multimedia Business Course for Harcourt Brace., The Teacher’s Guide for Economics, Taxation, Banking and Business Organization for Eyegate Publishers; Introduction to Business for Prentice Hall Media, Management Miscellany for Collegium Book Publishers, Inc., and the Computertized Text Bank for Weirich’s Management for McGraw Hill.
Other work experience includes Butler Lumber, Lever Brothers Company (in sales, finance and fiscal divisons) and The Cycle Circus, Inc. Consulting activities ranged from FLEXA (French Export Assn, Paris) , Institute for Human Management Alternatives, Brunetta Report, Proftech Corporation, American Data Corporation, College Financial Systems, Advantage Travel and hundreds of small businesses. He has consulted for the New York State Department of Education. He was appointed to the White House Commission on Small Business and Chaired the Urban Development Corporation’s Lewisboro Housing Commission.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Alpha Beta Gamma, Inc., Investment Properties Corporation (Naples Fla), CPS, Inc., Goldmark Plastics Inc., Compuweather Concepts, Inc.; Proftech Corporation, The Westchester Minority Development Corporation, NYSATYC., Inc., and BioMedical Concepts, Inc. and RewardWorld.com, Inc. He currently chairs the Collegiate Advisory Board of Hudson Valley Bank.
He is or has been affiliated with the American Management Association, the National Association of Business Economists, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Society of Literature and the Arts., the National Economics Club, Washington DC; the Academy of Management, the Association of MBA Execs.; Delta Mu Delta Graduate Honor Society; the Assn. For Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
He is listed in, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Prof. Christesen has received over 40 honors and distinctions including the Medallion Award in Education and the Gene Winter Outstanding Professor of New York.