Dr. David Frew is a visiting professor of leadership studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where he teaches graduate Organizational Leadership Program students a variety of entrepreneurial, research methods and management classes. He is also a professor emeritus of management and organizational behavior at Gannon University in Erie PA where he spent thirty-three years teaching MBA and other graduate students a variety of courses ranging from organizational behavior to research methods, statistics, business policy and Canadian studies. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as MBA Director, Health Services Administration Program Director and Dean of the Graduate School. Prior to his academic career he had a five year engineering career. Professor Frew holds a doctorate (1970) in organizational behavior & psychology from Kent State University, an AACSB/APA accredited school. In 1983 he completed a one-year post-doctorate at Kent State University in organizational behavior. He is a widely published author and accomplished management consultant.
He has published thirty books, including research monographs and textbooks. His one hundred plus articles run the gamut from refereed journal articles to feature pieces in popular magazines including SAIL and Cruising World. His consulting clients include, General Electric: Crotonville, NASA and FMC Corporation as well as a long list of regional organizations. He is an avid sailor having raced and cruised extensively with his wife, Mary Ann, three now-grown children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Frew’s eight books on the maritime history of Lake Erie have won regional and national awards. In 2002, he became Chief Executive officer of Erie County Historical Society, a three-site museum organization with library, publication and educational programs. His work at ECHS included a successful $1.5 Million capital campaign, complete reorganization and restoration of museum exhibits, a template of programming including carriage rides and ghost walks and the restoration of the society's publishing program which includes a referreed journal and more than twenty-five current book offerings. In 2007, he retired from his duties at the museum to concentrate on consulting and university work.