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Jagdish & Madhu Sheth make donation to Georgia charter schools; Jagdish Sheth releases autobiography in India

November 2014
Jagdish & Madhu Sheth make donation to Georgia charter schools; Jagdish Sheth releases autobiography in India

Dr. Jagdish Sheth presents his autobiography to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 15, 2014 in New Delhi. (See second part of this report.)


An unanticipated gift to the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) from the Sheth Family Foundation will have lasting and positive impact on public education in Georgia by increasing access to high quality public charter schools for thousands of students.

The Foundation’s gift, a donation of property in Snellville, GA, will support the mission of the Georgia Charter School Association, a nonprofit organization that works to improve student achievement through the creation of high quality public charter schools in Georgia.

The gift was given by Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Charles Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and an internationally renowned author and consultant, and his wife Madhu Sheth. The Sheth Family is heavily involved in the local Atlanta community, the Indian community in Atlanta.


Dr. Jagdish Sheth (Right) stands beside his son Raj with Dr. Tony Roberts, President & CEO of Georgia Charter Schools Association, as the Sheth Family Foundation gift to GCSA is announced.

Dr. Tony Roberts, President & CEO of GCSA, expressed his appreciation for the gift. “The Sheth Family Foundation’s remarkable generosity reflects their understanding of how education can transform lives. From humble beginnings in Gujarat, India, Dr. Sheth and his children have pursued every opportunity to deepen their education. Today the family takes pride in Dr. Sheth’s 51-year career in higher education that has made him a recognized thought leader in Marketing, Business Psychology and Sustainability. I know that the Foundation’s gift will open up similar pathways for students in Georgia who want access to high quality charter schools.”

Dr. Sheth explained the reason for the Foundation’s donation saying, “I believe that ordinary people can become extraordinary citizens when given the foundation of a quality education. The more I have learned about the charter school experiment nationally, the more impressed I’ve become about the success of charter schools to harness market forces and improve student performance. This donation is my way of giving back to the country that has provided such an outstanding education for me and my family.”


Madhu Sheth echoed her husband’s sentiments, saying “My life is a testament to power of a rigorous and demanding education. I benefited from every educational opportunity that came my way, went to college, and eventually became a school teacher. This gift is our way of giving back.”

The Sheth Family Foundation will be publicly recognized for his generosity at the 2015 Georgia Charter Schools Leadership Conference, January 30th at the Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical College.


The Accidental Scholar is the autobiography of Professor Jagdish N. Sheth, a renowned authority on marketing and consumer behavior. This is the fascinating story of a young man from India who went to America to realize the American Dream and became a world-renowned educator and thought-leader.

As Philip Kotler of the Kellogg School of Management writes, the book tells “in a few hundred pages of what it is to be, in one person, a scholar, change agent, advisor, and entrepreneur… . One of the interesting features of his book is that each chapter ends with a Life Lesson that Jagdish learned. Putting these Life Lessons together would provide a wonderful road map for any new promising scholar to follow. … Without question, Jagdish Sheth is one of the most original minds in the academic world of marketing and business.”

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