Ajay Nair recently assumed the position as president of Arcadia University in Glenside. He is among the first American-born university presidents of Indian descent nationwide, and is the first person of color to serve as president of Arcadia.
“Dr. Nair is a proven leader who has had success at several of the top universities in the country,” said Alison [Aaron] Madsen, Esq., chair of the Board of Trustees and an Arcadia alumna. “As an international scholar, social justice practitioner, and first-generation college student, he demonstrates a distinct understanding of the complex issues currently facing universities and their students.”
Officials believe Nair will move Arcadia forward as a leading liberal arts institution, writes Johann Calhoun in the Philadelphia Tribune.
Prior to his work at Emory, Nair held executive leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia. There, he led offices and services charged with supporting the intellectual, social, personal, and professional development of students. In his distinguished career in higher education, Nair has held faculty positions at each of the aforementioned universities, as well as the World Language Institute in Kwangju, South Korea.
“Dr. Nair’s creative vision and energetic leadership made an immediate impression on the Search Committee,” said Joycellen ‘”Jey” Y. Auritt, Ph.D., an Arcadia alumna who served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee and currently is vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Arcadia. “He has the passion and expertise that our search committee sought and that our University needs, and we look forward to working alongside him.”
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