Getting to know Dr. John Beehler, RMU’s new School of Business dean

Veronica Guilyard and Kelly Kane, Contributors

Robert Morris University welcomes Dr. John M. Beehler as the new Dean for the School of Business. Beehler has an extensive professional background in both the field of Accounting and Higher Education.

Beehler has been with Robert Morris University since January of 2013. He chose to come to RMU because he sees immense potential for RMU’s School of Business going into the future. He said that he strives to “bring the School of Business to greater levels of excellence.”

Some of Beehler’s plans for the RMU School of Business in the near future include:

  • Strategic planning efforts to renew the School of Business’ AACSB accreditation
  • Hire a sufficient number of Accounting and Management professors to ensure AACSB learning assessment
  • Reconnect with RMU School of Business alumni
  • Build a stronger relationship between the University and the local Business community
  • Achieve a separate AACSB accreditation for the Accounting Program

Beehler said he did not originally plan to work in higher education. He was working for Haskin & Sells, now Deloitte, which is a big eight international accounting firm when he decided that he wanted to attend graduate school. He entered into the MBA program at Indiana University, where he qualified to be an associate instructor in order to pay his way through the program.

When he first started graduate school, he intended on entering back into the corporate world. However, during his time as an associate instructor, he found higher education to be a more rewarding field. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in accounting and taxation with a minor in law.

To read more about Beehler’s professional and educational background, check out his bio on the RMU website.

Outside of his professional life, Beehler is a husband and father. He has been married to his wife, Pamela, for 36 years. They have a daughter, Kristin, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serves as First Lt. in the U.S. Army. Beehler enjoys spending time with his family and loves sports and fitness.

“I used to play tennis. Now, I love to golf,” he said.

He also enjoys running, biking and weightlifting.