Monday, June 27, 2011
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, President of the University of West Georgia, recently received the Community Builder Award at the 2011 USA India Business Summit. Sethna was honored for his community service works.
Sethna’s leadership has helped the University of West Georgia (UWG) and Carrollton community grow. During Sethna’s administration, he has increased full-time enrollment by approximately 50 percent. Sethna has also obtained university status for UWG, along with establishing the Advanced Academy and the Honors College. Furthermore, he has helped with the improvement of campus with the addition of facilities, such as the Technology Enhanced Learning Center, Campus Center, UWG Stadium, UWG Coliseum, and the new UWG bookstore.
Outside of his role as UWG President, Sethna remains exemplary in the community. Sethna has served twice as the Interim Executive/Senior Vice Chancellor for the University System of Georgia and he has been named five times as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. For over 27 years, he has been active in the community as a Rotarian. His other accomplishments and honors include Honors Professor of the Year, Resolutions of Commendation from the State of Georgia and the Board of Regents, several board memberships, and the recipient of the Cornerstone Award from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Sethna is the first person of Indian origin to become President of an American University; furthermore he is the first person of any ethnic minority to become President of a college or university that is not historically black in Georgia. In addition to these groundbreaking feats, Sethna has received honors from The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin for his devotion to the community. Currently, he serves as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities national Chair of Asian-American Presidents.
Sethna has also overseen UWG’s efforts to become a leader in online education programs that can benefit students regionally, nationally and globally. UWG has continued to expand the variety of academic courses that are offered online in order to be able to serve more students.
The University of West Georgia is proud of Dr. Sethna's recent accomplishment and that he still calls UWG home.