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Dr. Nader Asgary Named Associate Provost for International Relations and Director of the Cronin International Center at Bentley

November 2, 2006

Dr. Nadar Asgary, an expert in international business, has been named Bentley College's first Associate Provost for International Relations and the Director of the Cronin International Center. Asgary will also hold appointments in the Management and International Studies departments at Bentley.

In his new role at Bentley, Asgary is focused on creating partnerships with highly ranked institutions in strategic regions such as Asia, Europe, South America and Africa.

"Dual degree programs, international conferences, internships, study abroad programs and visiting scholarships are just some of the initiatives that will provide opportunities for students and faculty, as well as enhance Bentley's research capabilities," Asgary explains. "In order to become a lead institution in the international arena it is imperative that we internationalize Bentley's curriculum and expand international activities."


Dr. Asgary joins Bentley from the State University of New York (SUNY), Geneseo where he was Director of the Center for International Business (CIB) and a tenured Full Professor at the School of Business. As the founder and the director of the CIB at SUNY Geneseo, he created an organization that provides resources, guidance, and opportunities for students and faculty to collaboratively prepare for global challenges.


Lauded for his strong leadership and creativity, Asgary applied these traits in very tangible ways at Geneseo and other institutions including significant fundraising of public and private funds to support CIB activities and developing partnerships for the exchange of scholarly development amongst faculty and students with three universities in China. He was instrumental in the development of the dual-degree program in Economics between the SUNY Geneseo and Hacettepe University in Turkey; led an economic development project with three groups of students in El Sauce, Nicaragua which, within one year, created both a development office for SUNY Geneseo as well as an economic development organization for the Mayor of El Sauce.


While at SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Asgary was also the principal investigator (PI) on several grants including one from the United States Department of Education (Business and International Education) to create the CIB in 2002, and from the Rochester International Development Cooperation and SUNY New York State Joint Labor/Management Campus Grant to support international activities at SUNY Geneseo.


He has been the chair, a member, and an advisor to many committees in each of his former institutions including serving as chair of the Research Council (RC), responsible for advising SUNY Geneseo's administration on how to allocate its annual research dollars for faculty and student development and on acquiring external grants. His leadership as the chair of RC led to a significant increase in grant submissions with a very high rate of return in a short period of time.


Dr. Asgary studied at Texas A & M University, where he received a bachelor of science in Engineering, and then went on to work in the private sector as an entrepreneur where he managed a large number of diversified work forces in the Middle East. He earned a PhD and master's degree in Economics from the University of Houston. Dr. Asgary is bilingual (English and Farsi/Persian/Urdo/Dary), and has traveled extensively to many regions including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.


Dr. Asgary's major fields of interest and research include International Business, Economics of Development and Growth, and Applied Economics. He has published in numerous well-known national and international journals such as Economic Inquiry and Journal of Business Ethics and participated in numerous conference presentations around the world such as ASSA, WEA, as well as speaking and reviewing for several high profile journals.



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