Professor David Bess retires after 50 years.

Professors David Bess and Jack Suyderhoud retire after illustrious careers

A fond aloha and mahalo to long-time faculty members David Bess and Jack Suyderhoud. Bess retired in December after serving 50 years as a professor of management and an administrator at the University of Hawai‘i. He held several administrative positions in the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and served as dean of the Shidler College of Business from 1980 – 1998. Bess received many awards including International Dean of the Year from the Academy of International Business and received the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. He specialized in transportation management and organizational leadership. Suyderhoud has been with the college since 1978 serving as a professor of business economics, and as an associate and interim dean from 1996 – 2000. He taught at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels and received many teaching awards including the UH Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching in 1992 and the Dennis Ching Excellence in Teaching Award in 1991 and 2012. Prior to his retirement, Suyderhoud was the faculty director of the Global MBA program and the Asian Field Study program. In 2015, he was reappointed to serve on the State of Hawai‘i Council on Revenues, a position he has held since 2003. He also served as executive director of the State of Hawai‘i Tax Review Commission from 1983 – 1984.