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Management educator , University administrator

Melvyn Robert Copen, American Management educator, university administrator. Recipient Command General Citation, United States Transportation Corps., 1960; White House fellow, 1970-1971.


Copen, Melvyn Robert was born on January 23, 1938 in New York City. Son of Samuel L. Copen and Frieda (Kroun) Zucker.


Bachelor of Science in Business, Engineering Administration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958. Master of Science in Industrial Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959. Doctor of Business Administration in Production, International Management, Harvard University, 1967.


Various positions General Electrical Company, various locations, 1959-1961. Program associate, research fellow Harvard Business School, Boston, Ahmedabad, India, 1961-1967. Associate dean, professor, director graduate studies University Houston, 1967-1971.

Director office management improvement automated decision system United States Department Agriculture, Washington, 1971-1974. Director strategic planning Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1974-1975. Director international planning Gould, Inc., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 1975-1977.

Associate dean, dean graduate studies college business administration Georgia State University, Atlanta, 1977-1980. Vice president academy affairs Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1980-1987. Rector Central American Institute Business Administration, Alajuela, Costa Rica, 1987-1991.

Dean school international management International University Japan, Urasa, Tokyo, 1991-1994. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Global Enterprises, Atlanta, since 1991. Senior vice president academy affairs, professor international management American Graduate School International Management, Glendale, Arizona, 1995-1998.

Executive vice president global operations American InterContinental University, Atlanta, 1998-1999. Chairman Copen Communications International, since 1991. Membership chairman audit committee National Bank Georgia-1st American, Atlanta, 1980-1987.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: International Manangement and Economic Development, 1971, Production Management, 1972 (bi-weekly column) Forsyth County News, since 1999. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors White House Fellows Foundation, Washington, 1973-1974, Epilepsy Foundation Georgia, Atlanta, 1979-1980, Hemophilia Georgia, Atlanta, 1978-1980, National Bank Georgia, Atlanta, 1979-1988. Chairman Arts in Progress, Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1985-1987, American College, Atlanta, 1996-2001, University of the Pacific, Ecuador, since 1998, China United States Business University, China, since 1988. Member Greater Phoenix Economic Council, 1997-1998.

Member business advisory board United Nations Office for Project Services, since 2000, 1280 West Homeowners Association, 2005^. Treasurer Sedona Golf Resort Association, since 2006, Northern Arizona Opera League, since 2007. Member advisory board Cisco Learning Systems, 2001-2004.

With United States Army Reserve, 1960. Member Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, travel, outdoor activities, flying.


Married Linda B. Kopans, February 17, 1960 (divorced 1991). Children: Erika Beth Ellingsen, Susan Andrea Holtey. Married Beverly Joyce Stein, September 7, 1991.

Samuel L. Copen Zucker

Frieda (Kroun) Zucker

Beverly Joyce Stein

Linda B. Kopans

Susan Andrea Holtey Copen

Erika Beth Ellingsen Copen