Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw has served in the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University since May 2011. Among the many initiatives he has spearheaded as Miami's provost, he has focused on increasing the quality and selectivity of Miami's undergraduate and graduate programs, moving the University toward strategic and entrepreneurial academic initiatives, and coordinating the Miami 2020 planning initiative to enable greater curricular innovations.
Prior to arriving at Miami, Dr. Gempesaw was dean of the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware (UD), where he oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in undergraduate and graduate student demand and selectivity. In addition to his role as dean, Dr. Gempesaw served as professor, department chair, vice provost for academic and international programs, and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences while at the University of Delaware. A professor of economics, Gempesaw has research and publishing interests in financial simulation analysis and modeling, higher education administration, agribusiness economics, marketing, and international trade. He has served as an editor of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER).
He has been recognized for outstanding teaching award from U.D.'s College of Agricultural Sciences and the outstanding alumni award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and was recently named as an ARER fellow for authors who have sustained excellence in research and commitment to the association's journal.
He obtained a B.A. in Economics from Ateneo de Davao University, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University.