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Prof. Jagdish Sheth honored with Thomas Jefferson Award

By Poornima Narayanan Email By Poornima Narayanan
June 2019
Prof. Jagdish Sheth honored with Thomas Jefferson Award

In Atlanta’s academic community, and indeed well beyond the nation’s borders, Professor Jagdish Sheth—Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University—needs little or no introduction. His career has spanned the diverse fields of academics, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. His inspiring mentorship of innumerable students, boundless energy, generosity of spirit, and deep involvement in community affairs are the stuff of legend.

Appropriately, he has now been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award, conferred upon individuals who significantly enhance the quality of intellectual and civic life in the Emory community, and he is the first such recipient at the Goizueta Business School.

Prof. Sheth has over 350 research papers and books to his credit on various aspects of marketing, including consumer behavior and marketing for emerging markets. He serves on boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. He is also an advisor to the government of Singapore and the U. S. Department of Transportation. Along with his wife Madhu Sheth and the Sheth Family Foundation, he has supported many initiatives at Emory such as the Sheth Lecture in Indian Studies and the gifting of India’s Supreme Court decisions to Emory’s Law School library.

“This award … is special,” said Dr. Sheth, “because [it] reinforces that the mission of an academic … is to unlock the potential of others.”

[The article above contains additional material not in the print and digital issues.]

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