Mercyhurst names new business dean

Rajeev (Raj) Parikh, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Walker School of Business and Communication at Mercyhurst University, effective Aug. 1.

Parikh, who has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, is replacing Monsignor David Rubino, Ph.D., Ph.D., who was recently named vice president for external affairs.

“The Walker School of Business and Communication has a diverse array of programs, and I knew it would be a great opportunity to become involved with unique programs like hospitality management and fashion merchandising in addition to traditional business programs,” said Parikh. “My hopes and plans are to make this school outstanding and to have it be known not only for its quality, but for how well it cares for its students.”

The university’s emphasis on career-oriented education, teaching excellence, community service and hands-on learning were just some of the values that attracted Parikh to Mercyhurst.

His belief that an institution should make itself accessible to a diverse demographic of students, as Mercyhurst does through its McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies, North East campus and Booker T. Washington satellite campus, was another significant draw.

“I was drawn to Mercyhurst because Catholic universities, in my view, are quite unique in that they combine concern for the individual and social justice with career preparation based on a liberal arts foundation,” said Parikh. “It is my hope that the Walker School can keep doing what it does very well, while we continue to introduce new programs and new ways of delivering those programs so that it’s more convenient for students, including adult students.”

Parikh comes to Mercyhurst from Southern Oregon University, where he was the dean of the school of business for four years and a tenured professor of accounting and finance. He was formerly the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delaware State University; the dean of the business school at Wilmington University; and the dean of the school of business and lifelong learning at St. Bonaventure University for 17 years.

Parikh has also invested several years working in the corporate world. He served as chief executive officer for Ras Al Khaimah Education Company and as commissioner for the Commission for Academic Accreditation, both in the United Arab Emirates. He was also the vice president of finance at Fertility Acoustics Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y.

Parikh earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in 1972. He became a certified management accountant in 1986; certified in financial management in 1997 and a chartered financial analyst in 2001.

Parikh, who is a native of India, came to the United States in 1982 to earn his doctoral degree in accounting, finance and management science from the University of Buffalo-SUNY. Parikh resides with his wife, Carol McMahon, Ph.D., a psychologist and author, in Buffalo, N.Y. He and his wife have one daughter, Monica Parikh, Ph.D., director of summer programs at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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