Dr. John Watret, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, has announced the appointment of Dr. Maneesh Sharma as Dean of Worldwide’s College of Business. He joins Embry-Riddle from Tiffin University in Ohio, where he served as the Dean of the School of Business and a Professor of Finance.
“We welcome Dr. Sharma to Embry-Riddle Worldwide as Dean of our growing College of Business,” said Watret. “His experience in both the educational and private sectors offers opportunities to take the College in positive new directions.”
Prior to Tiffin University, Sharma held a number of teaching and administrative positions at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, including Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and External Relations and MBA Director; Director of the Institute of Pension Plan Management; and Department Chair of Accounting and Finance.
“Dr. Sharma is an educator and thought leader in the continued development of remote classrooms and online learning strategies that successfully engage faculty and students,” said Dr. Karen Holbrook, Interim President of Embry-Riddle. “We’re fortunate to have him join our team.”
“I’m honored and excited to join the wonderful leadership team and faculty in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Worldwide,” said Sharma. “Embry-Riddle truly is at the forefront of where the world of education is turning. I look forward to helping build on and inspire that future.”
In the private sector, Sharma has consulted extensively as a lead strategic advisor for private equity firms and businesses, including public utilities, medical device manufacturers, and construction material and logistics companies.
Sharma’s academic credentials include a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. in Finance, both from the University of Alabama. He has received several honors for teaching excellence and recent research awards include grants from the Society of Actuaries and the National Endowment for Financial Education.
Business students at Embry-Riddle benefit from belonging to a globally connected network that includes fellow students, experienced faculty, support staff, and alumni from top companies that regularly recruit Embry-Riddle students for internships and career positions. Fifteen degree programs – associate, bachelor’s, and master’s – are offered in the College of Business departments, including Business Administration, Decision Sciences, Technology Management, Organizational Leadership, and Management.
Worldwide and Online students enjoy the flexibility to pursue their career goals while developing new skills and expertise in an area of interest with a curriculum designed to fit busy lifestyles. The campus operates a globally recognized learning system that leverages online and face-to-face instruction and a network of over 125 education facilities around the globe, with many on military bases.
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