Radford Appoints Associate Dean, Economics Chair

George Santopietro and Prahlad Kasturi

George Santopietro and Prahlad Kasturi

George Santopietro, professor of economics, has been appointed associate dean of Radford University’s College of Business and Economics (COBE). Prahlad Kasturi, professor of economics, will succeed Santopietro as chair of the department of economics.  

“Dr. Santopietro brings strong analytic skills that COBE will rely on as it participates in the reaffirmation of accreditation and our continual quality improvement process,” said Faye W. Gilbert, COBE dean.  

Santopietro, who joined the RU faculty in 1987, has served as interim associate dean since 2010 and as chair of the department of economics since 2009. Kasturi, who joined the RU faculty in 1985, returns to lead the department, having served as chair from 1995 to 2001.

“Dr. Kasturi brings a depth of knowledge of his faculty and the key issues facing the discipline of economics and global economic experience that will be vital to moving the department and the discipline forward,” Gilbert said.