Indian American is dean of top US business school
An Indian American has been named dean of the Babcock Graduate School of Management, one of the top business institutes in the US.
Ajay Patel, 45, was appointed to the position by Wake Forest University in North Carolina. The management school is part of the university.
He has been a faculty member for 11 years and an associate dean for faculty and alumni affairs for the past two years. He succeeds Charles Moyer, who stepped down in July 2003 to return to the faculty.
Patel, who lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Aparna and their two children, received a bachelor's degree from India, an MBA degree from the University of Baltimore and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.
Patel's expertise is in corporate financial management and international finance.
"Ajay has gained valuable experience over the past year serving in the role of interim dean, and he has proven to be a valuable addition to the university's administrative team," Wake Forest provost and acting president William Gordon said.
"Importantly, he is widely respected within the Babcock School as an excellent teacher and scholar."
Patel has won numerous professional awards and teaching honours.
He received the Educator of the Year Award in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002, and the 2001 Kienzle Teaching Award, given to the faculty member who represents the highest standards of teaching excellence.