Dr. William Vendemia
Professor of Management Williamson College of Business Administration
Nominated by Youngstown State University – Youngstown, OH
William Vendemia is a professor in the management department of Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University (YSU). He’s has been an active supporter of its BGS chapter since its inception in 2000 and has been serving as advisor for the past ten years.
Vendemia is very active in YSU’s induction process: he performs in tapping ceremonies (along with Dean Betty Jo Licata), dressed in academic regalia. He also sends invitation letters to each inductee’s families and organizes the recognition ceremonies and banquets.
In cooperation with his student officers, Vendemia develops new programs and events for the YSU chapter, like the business case competition and a variety of activities with Junior Achievement and Youngstown’s Youth Leadership Mahoning Valley. Throughout the year, Vendemia represents BGS at a variety of YSU events, including freshman orientation, Dean’s List receptions, and the Celebration of Student Engagement—where he introduces new BGS members and recognizes the students who attend the Global Leadership Summit, along with those who win YSU’s own case competition.
Vendemia earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University and went on to earn an MBA and Ph.D. in operations research from Kent State University. He’s been a professor at YSU for the last 37 years, and has taught a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, Vendemia serves as a mentor and role model to current and prospective BGS members.