Bauer Dean awarded Educator of the Year
The dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business was among four Indian-Americans recognized for their achievements by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston.
Latha Ramchand was awarded “Educator of the Year” as the IACCGH celebrated its 14th anniversary gala. According to an IACCGH press release, more than 600 people attended the ceremony, where Houstonians of Indian origin were recognized and awarded for their contributions to education and the energy industry on August 17 at the Hilton Americas-Houston.
The IACCGH empowers individuals and businesses of Indian origin through the creation of “opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration and maximization of resources for our members,” according to its website.
Ramchand shared her feelings on the award and her experiences with The Daily Cougar.
The Daily Cougar: How does it feel to win “Educator of the Year” from the IACCGH?
Latha Ramchand: I feel honored and humbled and consider this a recognition for the Bauer College. At the Bauer College, everything we do must start and end with student success. Any recognition or accolade of us or our stakeholders validates this message of student success. Our students are our message, their work ethic is our brand and their success is our story.
TDC: What were the biggest turning points in your life that have lead to your success as the dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, a professor, a finance expert and a lauded educator?
LR: I think I have had and continue to have great mentors and sponsors who have helped me, guided me and inspired me. I believe that at UH Bauer, we have just begun and we have a lot more to do. This is the exciting part. We have such an exciting opportunity in our hands – Bauer College is Houston’s business connection. When you think of understanding and learning about best practice in business, in Houston you think of the Bauer College. When businesses in Houston want to hire talent, and want to hire people with aptitude, not attitude, they look to Bauer to hire our graduates. When industry in Houston hires leaders, they tend to be alumni of the Bauer College.
TDC: What’s the next step for you? Where do you go from here?
LR: I have served at the University for 20 years and love what I do. I will continue to teach; do research; brag, tweet, blog about my students, staff and faculty; increase awareness among the business community and the community at large about the UH Bauer brand; and continue to come to work every day, knowing that our students change our lives and make what we do so meaningful.