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Illinois’ Sudharshan Is Named
UK’s Business and Economics Dean

By Dan Adkins

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Devanathan Sudharshan

“After an extensive national search, I am extremely pleased that we were able to attract a person of Dr. Sudharshan's ability and reputation. His academic achievements are outstanding, his energy for the job is immediately evident, and his aspirations for the college and the university are very high. I am looking forward to working with him, and I know the faculty, staff and students in the college are also enthusiastic about his appointment.”

- UK Provost Michael Nietzel

 

Jan. 30, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Devanathan Sudharshan, a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been appointed dean of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics. The appointment is subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees.

Sudharshan will succeed Richard W. Furst, who retires as dean of the business college on June 30, 2003. Furst has been dean of the college since 1981.

“After an extensive national search, I am extremely pleased that we were able to attract a person of Dr. Sudharshan's ability and reputation. His academic achievements are outstanding, his energy for the job is immediately evident, and his aspirations for the college and the university are very high. I am looking forward to working with him, and I know the faculty, staff and students in the college are also enthusiastic about his appointment,” said UK Provost Michael Nietzel.

Sudharshan has been a professor at the University of Illinois since 1982. He also has served as associate dean of planning in the UIUC’s Department of Business Administration from 1997 to 2000.

He served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing from 1996 to 2002 and currently is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Market Focused Management.

He earned his bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering in 1974 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and his doctorate in business administration in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh.


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