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David J. Kempson

Life Motto

"Don’t sweat the small stuff; have
a strong faith and take chances."


David J. Kempson

Eller Executive MBA '09

Undergraduate Degree

  • Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University

What made you decide to come back to school?

I have always wanted my graduate degree, but the busy pace of serving as an officer in the military reserves while holding down a full-time job and raising a family made that difficult. I hope to improve my business acumen, especially in finance and accounting, so that I can better relate to my peers in our organization.

Why did you choose Eller?

Eller offered the executive MBA program that allowed me to complete a world-class MBA in only 14 months and do so with a knowledgeable, experienced cohort from whom I could learn so much. 

What is your favorite thing about Eller?

The professors have been great! They all have a good mix of academics and real-world experience. They are all approachable and generous with their time. 

What positions have you held in the past? With what companies?

  • CIO & VP, Technology with Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Deputy CIO, Maricopa County
  • CIO, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Applications Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Manager of Air Quality Compliance, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer and Medical Readiness Officer, 161st Medical Group, Arizona Air National Guard

What has been your most rewarding career experience?

It’s a tie: 1) Participating in the financial and operational turnaround of the Maricopa Integrated Health system; and 2) Planning and leading a military medical humanitarian mission to Romania.

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