Deon Frank graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in Pietermartizburg. Graduated with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1991. Held the position of Lecturer at the University of Natal for two years, then immigrated to the United States in 1993. Worked as a Network Administrator for the Food Science and Engineering Unit of the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri until moving to a similar position at the College of Optics & Photonics at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 2001.