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Presidential candidate Avijit Ghosh speaks Friday

April 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Avijit Ghosh, dean of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and one of three finalists in the search for Western Michigan University's eighth president, is visiting Kalamazoo today through Saturday and will make a public presentation from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall.

In addition to participating in a public forum, each candidate is meeting with a number of campus organizations and leaders during his visit. Candidate schedules will include sessions with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrators.

Dr. Avijit Ghosh has been dean of business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, since 2001. Previously, he held academic and administrative positions at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, including deputy dean, vice dean for professional programs, director of entrepreneurial studies and professor of marketing. Before entering academia, Ghosh was a market research analyst for Clarion McCann Advertising Services, a subsidiary of the McCann Erickson global advertising agency network, which has offices in more than 130 countries.

Ghosh's research and teaching interests are in the areas of retail and marketing strategy, sales forecasting and locational analysis. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1970 from Calcutta University and a post-graduate business degree in 1975 from Xavier Institute, both in India. He also earned master's and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Iowa in 1977 and 1979, respectively.

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