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Simon Business School receives endowment from WGC to establish the Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship for Development Economics. With the US$ 1.5 million donation from WGC, the professorship will focus on shaping research and studies in development economics that will be supported by exchange programs and internships at WGC Group companies in India. The Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship is a tribute to the Group founder’s legacy of doing business with a purpose. The endowment will support a full-time member of the Simon Business School faculty for research and a curriculum that furthers the understanding of economic problems in developing countries.
Rice University and 2U, Inc. partner to launch online MBA program. Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business plans to launch MBA@Rice, a new domestic graduate program for 2U, Inc., the creator of a digital education platform for colleges and universities. The program is aimed at working professionals across the country to provide them access to the same Rice MBA program offered to on-campus students. MBA@Rice students can complete the 54-credit curriculum in as little as 24 months. The program is expected to launch in 2018, pending review and approval from Rice University faculty senate and Rice's accreditor Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Northeastern University appoints Raj Echambadi the inaugural Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Echambadi comes to Northeastern from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as senior associate dean of Strategic Innovation and as the Alan J. and Joyce D. Baltz Endowed Professor in the College of Business. He provided faculty leadership to the entire suite of Illinois’ MBA programs and developed strategic partnerships with other colleges within the campus, with corporate entities, and with academic universities around the world. Prior to his positions at the University of Illinois, Echambadi served as an associate professor at the University of Central Florida and as a sales executive at Castrol. He holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Houston and an MBA and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Anna University in India. The Dunton Family Deanship is a gift from Gary Dunton, DMSB’78, and his wife Lea Anne. Echambadi’s appointment is effective August 14, 2017.