The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley June 6 named Dr. Yash P. Gupta as the new dean of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
“Visiting with the students in the region was absolutely phenomenal,” Gupta said in a statement. “Some of these students are working up to three jobs to be able to come to school, and they are the heroes here. They are winners because they are investing in themselves for their own futures,” the Indian American educator added.
Gupta joins UTRGV from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was president and CEO of Yash Gupta Consulting, Inc., which provided consulting services for academic institutions and industries based on strategic planning and new market development.
Gupta has years of experience in academia, having worked at prestigious universities such as the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, as dean and professor; the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, as dean and professor of Operations Management; and the University of Washington Business School, as dean and professor of Operations Management, according to his bio.
“Academia is in my blood and I have been a part of academia for many years,” Gupta said. “From my experience, what the Valley has to offer is incredible because of the economic development of the region and the importance of the role the university plays in that development.”
Gupta holds a doctorate in management sciences from the University of Bradford in England, and a master of technology in production management from Brunel University of West London, England.
He earned a bachelor of science in engineering in production engineering from Panjab University in India with first-class honors and holds a professional engineering license with the Association of Professional Engineers in Manitoba, Canada.
Gupta envisions many opportunities for students and the community as a whole as the Valley continues to grow. Focusing on service learning, experience in the field opportunities and mentorships will drive students into the best possible careers, he said in the university news release.
Gupta will take over as dean of the college Aug. 1.