Avijit Ghosh Biography

Avijit GhoshAvijit Ghosh is an educator and senior university administrator with over 30 years of experience, including 10 years at the University of Illinois and 20 years of progressive roles at New York University. With proven ability to build high performing, goal driven teams and achieving results, he is skilled in creating consensus among diverse stakeholders, building high performance teams and leading change. He has extensive experience in managing complex organizations, leading fundraising campaigns and building strong relationships with diverse stakeholder groups.


University of Illinois: 2001 to present
Professor and Senior Advisor to the President: Current

Currently serves as Professor at the College of Business at Urbana-Champaign and Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Illinois. Responsible for leading mission critical, university- wide strategic initiatives and serving as President’s representative to important internal and external stakeholder groups, including legislators, alumni, corporate partners and donors. Directed organizational effectiveness efforts that have resulted in major improvements in organizational performance as well as and over $50 million of annual cost savings. Represented all Illinois public universities in pension and health care benefit reform discussions with state government.

Vice President for Technology and Economic Development: 2008-2011

Led and managed the University’s economic develop mission; including technology transfer offices, early stage investment funds, incubators and research parks that support and nurture the commercialization of university technologies. Spearheaded the management turnaround of technology management offices, incubators and the research park that lead to increased revenues, improved service to faculty and external partners, growth of new startup companies and R&D collaboration between the University and private industry. Collaborated with Trustees, external boards, faculty and other stakeholders to establish structure and plan for growth and expansion.

Dean, College of Business, Urbana-Champaign: 2001 to 2008

Spearheaded programmatic advancements to enhance the College’s visibility among students, corporate partners and alumni. Successfully expanded engagement with alumni and other external constituencies,recruited high caliber faculty and built strong leadership team. Fostered significant improvements to the undergraduate program including launching the business honors program, business minor for non-business students and other programs at the interface of business and technology. In 2004, the College of Business, with a $4.5 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation, formed the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership whose goals are to make entrepreneurship education and experiences available across diverse disciplines throughout the campus. In 2007 the College created an $8 million endowment to establish the Center for Professional Responsibility.

Built high performance development team and successfully led $100 million fundraising campaign that doubled the College’s endowment and significantly increased annual gifts for new professorships, scholarships, programmatic support and construction of the 162,000 square feet “Leed Platinum” certified Business Instructional Facility. Successfully enhanced the College’s linkages to corporations and foundations and financial support from those sources. Raised the aspiration level of the College and improved the College’s reputation within the university and among external constituencies.

Stern School of Business, New York University: 1980 to 2001

Joined as assistant professor and promoted to progressively higher faculty ranks. From 1991 to 1994 served as the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Established new teaching and research programs and enhanced center’s national reputation. Successfully raised endowment for continued financial support for the center.

Vice Dean: 1994 to 1998

Overall programmatic, administrative and fiscal responsibility for all MBA programs which together enrolled over 4,000 students. Recruited new management team for admissions and student services. Turnaround of program led to improved external ranking, stronger admissions and enhanced student satisfaction.

Ken Langone Professor and Deputy Dean: 1998 to 2001

First incumbent of newly created position with overarching responsibility for all programmatic and administrative functions of the school. Managed $110 Million budget serving over 6,000 students and 300 faculty and staff.


Bachelor of Science (Honors), Calcutta University, India

Post-Graduate Program in Management, Xavier Institute, India, 1974

Master of Arts, 1977; Ph.D. 1979, University of Iowa

Avijit Ghosh is a well known educator, researcher and consultant in marketing and entrepreneurship and the author of scholarly books and research papers published in leading academic journals. He was the editor of the Journal of Retailing from 1985 to 1991 and served on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals. He received teaching excellence awards at both New York University and University of Illinois.

He served on the Board of Governors of the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.