Columbia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Piyusha Singh announced today that Dr. Raj Sachdev has been named the dean of the college’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business. Sachdev has been part of the Columbia College faculty since 2017 and served as chair of the business department since 2018. His term will begin January 6, 2020.
“We’re proud to present this new opportunity to Dr. Sachdev and appreciate the work he has already done during his time as a faculty member here at Columbia College,” said Dr. Singh. “He is uniquely suited to take our Robert W. Plaster School of Business to new levels and continue to build on the already excellent reputation our business program carries around the country.”
A former visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and instructor at Stanford University, Sachdev has served as a guest speaker internationally at various institutions and major industry conferences. As assistant professor of Marketing at Columbia College, he has focused on courses such as Digital Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research and Business Law.
Sachdev played a key role in developing the college’s curriculum for its new partnership with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) which was announced in November 2019. As part of that new partnership, certificates, an associate’s, and a master’s degree will be offered with a focus on real estate through the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. NAR will provide a $100 scholarships per class for members of NAR.
“I am extremely appreciative to have this opportunity to continue the good work we are doing here at Columbia College as we develop the business leaders of tomorrow,” said Sachdev. “The college’s leadership has shown great faith in me to build relationships with our students, faculty and also with business leaders around the country and I take that responsibility very seriously.”
Prior to joining Columbia College, Sachdev taught courses at various institutions including Centennial College, Stanford and Chapman Universities. He has been awarded Centennial College’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his expertise in the areas of business and marketing education, Sachdev is a licensed Attorney and practiced law.
Sachdev holds several undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in various disciplines, including his Doctorate of Business Administration from IPE-PPA Management School, an MBA from the University of Leicester and a Master of Science from the University of Oxford.
The Robert W. Plaster School of Business is housed in New Hall, the college’s new multi-purpose facility that features six classrooms, large meeting spaces and an event center on the first floor and three floors of residential living space for 150 students. The School of Business was formally named in 2018 thanks to a significant, seven-figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation.