Davis College of Business and Economics honors Shalini Perumpral for her service to Radford University
Radford University’s Davis College of Business and Economics honored Dr. Shalini Perumpral for her many contributions to the Davis College and Radford community with a reception on April 26. Dr. Perumpral is a retired professor of accounting and finance. Her esteemed career as a teacher at Radford spanned over 30 years. She was a leader within the faculty community and her field and the founding advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business colleges. Beta Gamma Sigma recognized her as the society’s “Professor of the Year” in 2007. Dr. Perumpral was dedicated to building Radford’s business programs and instilling “good business sense” to her students, many of whom have embarked on rewarding, successful careers.
“No one had a bigger impact on my education, and ultimately my success than Shalini [Perumpral]. She stimulated my interest in finance, and thereby my career. I retired in 2017 after 42 years in total working for some of the country’s largest banks, such as JPMorgan, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and Fifth Third here in Cincinnati,” shared former student Robert N. Hatch, Jr., M.S. ’82.
Dr. Perumpral and her husband Dr. John Perumpral, the W. S. Cross Professor Emeritus of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, along with other members of their family have established a scholarship that will offer greater opportunities for students studying in the Davis College of Business and Economics. A classroom located on the second floor of Kyle Hall was named for Dr. Shalini Perumpral.
“There is no greater reward in life as a teacher than to see your students succeed. You have done bucket loads. You have left behind a legacy. Perhaps an equally great reward is to see your legacy live on. We will keep carrying on the tradition that you have started within the College,” shared Davis College Dean Joy Bhadury as he expressed gratitude to Dr. Perumpral for her dedication to the University.
“It is a dream to give back to Radford in some way,” said Dr. Perumpral.
She acknowledged her Davis College colleagues and students, Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. and others from the Radford family who joined in celebrating her accomplishments and service to Radford University. Dr. Perumpral remarked on the great pride she has in watching the careers of her former students and sharing their success stories.
“Being a teacher is so rewarding. I couldn’t have asked for a better profession. I’m grateful for the opportunity that God gave me and placing me in this position,” said Dr. Perumpral.
May 15, 2019
Stephanie D. Overton