Scholar and thought leader Jagdish Sheth establishes international awards at Kennesaw State

Jagdish and Madhuri Sheth

Endowed prizes among four newly created awards recognizing global service and contributions to…

Georgia (Jan 28, 2014)Endowed prizes among four newly created awards recognizing global service and contributions to global learning

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 28, 2014) — Jagdish Sheth, a renowned scholar of marketing, consumer behavior and emerging global markets, has established a fund to endow the annual presentation of awards to faculty and alumni of Kennesaw State University whose work has had global impact.

Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Emory University and the author of more than 300 papers and books, has established the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth Distinguished Alumni Award for Exceptional and Humanitarian Service Achievement and a corresponding award for faculty achievement. The awards will be presented annually.

“These international achievement awards provide Kennesaw State University with a unique opportunity to showcase its growing international engagement while also highlighting the increasingly globalized nature of higher education,” Sheth said. “My wife and I are very pleased to be able to facilitate greater recognition for KSU’s international initiatives and impact.”

Sheth’s awards to distinguished alumni and faculty are among a series of achievement awards that Kennesaw State and its Institute for Global Initiatives (IGI) will present for the first time in April.  Other awards to be presented annually include:

·      The Kennesaw State University Global Public Service Prize to be awarded to an international figure from the country or region designated for the University’s “Year of” annual country study.  The prize recognizes the recipient’s important contributions to public service in that country or region, as well as a commitment to academic exchange between the country/region and the University.

·      The Institute for Global Initiatives Distinguished International Community Partner Award will recognize the accomplishments of a local community member who has demonstrated achievement and commitment to international outreach and engagement through a project with sustained impact.

“These awards are an important step in Kennesaw State’s evolution as a leader in internationalization and global learning,” said Lance Askildson, Kennesaw State’s chief international officer and executive director of its Institute for Global Initiatives. “For more than 20 years, the University has been dedicated to developing outstanding global programs and initiatives that engage our faculty and students with partners and communities around the word. It is a privilege to honor those whose work has had such great impact and whose lives model for our students the potential in global learning, engagement and service.

Kennesaw State alumni, students, faculty or staff may nominate individuals for either of the four awards.

Nominations are underway and will continue through Feb. 20. For criteria and more information, go to

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


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