David Befus


Degrees Earned

Undergraduate in Mathematics and in Bible (double major), Wheaton College
MBA (concentration in International Business), University of Michigan
PhD in Development Economics, University of Miami


Before coming to SEU, Dr. Befus served at several schools. He worked as a full-time professor at Northwestern College, Azusa Pacific University and Westmont College. He has also taught as an adjunct at American Graduate School “Thunderbird,” University of Miami, and St. George’s University.

Dr. Befus’s principal professional focus has been on job creation, and has included international projects with Ernst & Young, Opportunity International, World Vision, Compassion, and many Christian mission agencies. He was president of the Latin America Mission for eight years, and was also involved in small business start-ups such as BodyArt Gym in Honduras and Cyber Exchange of Miami.

Dr. Befus’s publications include a case titled “Sustainable Finance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in an Emerging Market,” (2017) which is distributed by Harvard as part of the Thunderbird Series on Global Management. His book “Where There Are No Jobs: Enterprise Solutions for Employment and Public Goods for the Poor” is also available in Spanish as “Negocios Para El Reino.” (2011)

Dr. Befus is married to Connie and has two grown children. He is fully bilingual in Spanish.