US University Names Business School After Indian American

Published: 08th October 2014 09:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2014 09:43 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

WASHINGTON: A top private US varsity has named its first business school after an Indian American real estate tycoon in the Midwest.

Rockford University announced the creation of the Puri Business School in recognition of a USD 5 million contribution to the varsity by First Rockford Group Founder and President Sunil Puri, 1982 alumnus and 2013 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.

Puri Business School is the first named school at the University.

"It is important to my family and me, that the Puri Business School offers not only an exemplary space where students, faculty and the community can interact and innovate,

but where significant programmatic and curricular advances that will deepen the University's commitment to advance the university and partner in the economic revival of this region," Puri said.

"The liberal arts education I received at Rockford College significantly contributed to my success and the Puri Business School is my way of paying it forward," he added.

The event was attended by Senator Dick Durbin, last week.

"I am pleased to honor my friend Sunil Puri for his commitment to Rockford University as we dedicate the Puri Business School," he said.

"In 1979, Sunil came to Rockford University with virtually no money or proper transcripts, but he did come with hope and tenacity. Rockford University gave him a chance and today on his birthday no less—he’s made it clear that he hasn't forgotten the role the school played in his success," he added.

University President Robert L Head said, "from the minute he stepped on this campus as an undergrad more than 35 years ago, a fire sparked inside him that still burns bright."

Expressing his utmost gratitude, Head said as a dedicated Trustee and tireless advocate for Rockford University, Sunil has had occasion to and has proudly promoted and protected the interests of the university.

"Sunil's is a shared vision with the University to establish a school of business that will not only be envied but provide our students with a superior educational experience that prepares them for success," he said.

The new business school will include Economics, Business and Accounting (EBA) programs, along with ancillary business related activities of the University, a media release said.

Born in Mumbai, Puri immigrated to the US in 1979 to attend what was then called Rockford College, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp