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Rutgers Business School names first woman to endowed chair

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Professor Simi Kedia of Rutgers Business School, the new holder of the Albert Gamper Jr. Chair in Business.
Professor Simi Kedia of Rutgers Business School, the new holder of the Albert Gamper Jr. Chair in Business. - ()

For the first time, Rutgers Business School will have a woman holding an endowed chair, it announced Monday.

Simi Kedia, a member of the finance and economics faculty who has held the rank of full professor since 2012, will now hold the Albert Gamper Jr. Chair in Business, the university said in a news release.

Kedia, known for her research on corporate governance and corporate fraud, has been published in prominent academic journals and quoted extensively in the mainstream media, according to professor Ivan Brick, chair of the finance and economics department.

“She is a very passionate individual,” Brick said in remarks at Kedia’s appointment ceremony. “She’s passionate about her research, and she’s passionate about improving the Ph.D. program and the department.”

Kedia joined the faculty of the school in Newark and New Brunswick in 2004. She is the second professor to hold the Gamper chair.

“All the work I’ve done has been done right here at Rutgers,” she said. “I have a lot of fondness for Rutgers Business School, a lot of commitment and a deep sense of gratitude.”

The chair is named for Gamper, a 1966 graduate of Rutgers-Newark and the retired chairman and CEO of CIT Group. Gamper and CIT established the $2 million endowed professorship upon his retirement in 2004.

Gamper is a former chair of the Rutgers board of governors and was inducted into the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1999.

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