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Sanjay Ramchander named chair of Finance and Real Estate

July 1, 2011

Sanjay Ramchander has been named the new chair of the Finance and Real Estate department in CSU’s College of Business effective July 1.

Ramchander replaces Vickie Bajtelsmit who has served as chair since 2007. Bajtelsmit will remain a professor in the department, as will Ramchander, who will teach in addition to his department chair duties.

“Being appointed department chair is a great honor, a position that comes with considerable responsibility,” Ramchander said. “Over the past several years, I have been engaged in all facets of faculty work life. I have been an active scholar, an effective teacher in the classroom of undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S. and abroad, and an enthusiastic participant in various professional and university service activities.

"These experiences have given me the breadth and depth of perspective in all areas of faculty responsibility that will be useful in my duties as department chair.”

Distinguished career

Named a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar, Ramchander has enjoyed a distinguished career in a variety of areas related to finance and is passionate about teaching international finance and business valuation.

“As chair, my role is to provide leadership to the department in achieving established institutional objectives,” he said. “I view my chair responsibilities in concentric circles, starting out from the innermost circle first by ensuring that the department meets its commitments and obligations to students and faculty.”

Ramchander also views a concentric circle model as valuable in engaging constituencies in which he serves as an ambassador for the department, including alumni, professional organizations, business and community leaders, and the university as a whole. “These relationships are all helpful as we work to raise awareness about our academic programs, explore partnerships, and create opportunities for our students and faculty,” he said.

Rich curriculum, student and faculty strength

Ramchander notes that the department has made tremendous progress over the past several years, progress that can be measured in terms of a rich curriculum, strength in student numbers, high-caliber faculty, and research output.

“My goal is to maintain this momentum and further elevate our department’s stature as one of the leading, non-Ph.D. granting academic departments in finance and real estate in the United States,” he said. “This requires that we keep our curriculum relevant and cutting edge, expand opportunities for our students, engage in high impact research, and foster a stronger relationship with the business community.”

First appointed to the College of Business faculty in 2001, Ramchander earned his doctorate in Business Administration from Cleveland State University, MBA from Saint Louis University, and bachelor’s from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals and he serves on the editorial board of an academic journal.

A native of Hyderabad in south-central India, Ramchander is married and the father of two children.

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