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Rupendra Paliwal Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

New academic leader excited to promote mission through culture of innovation and discovery-based learning


Rupendra Paliwal has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sacred Heart University. Paliwal served as acting provost for six months before his appointment.

“In his short time as acting provost, Rupendra has demonstrated a collaborative leadership style focused on actions and outcomes,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “He has shown the ability to understand diverse viewpoints and to tackle tough and complex issues. As our next provost, I am confident that Rupendra will assiduously promote our mission by working collaboratively to further strengthen the academic reputation of the University, its colleges and programs, while fostering a culture of innovation and experimentation.”

Before taking on the role of acting provost, Paliwal served as vice president for strategic planning, special assistant to the president for strategic planning, associate dean of the Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB), interim dean of the WCOB, associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor of finance. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, he was a senior officer of the National Stock Exchange of India.

During Paliwal’s tenure at SHU, he has led successful site visits for reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation for the WCOB and an NEASC visit for doctoral programs, guided the process for strategic budget development and mid-term review of the University’s strategic plan, represented the University and the WCOB in developing international collaboration in Asia and the Middle East, revised the Academic Program Reviews process and hosted the 2012 annual meeting of the Academy of International Business-Northeast chapter, which was a full academic conference.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the trust the Sacred Heart University community has in me,” Paliwal said upon his appointment. “With recent programmatic and physical growth, there is a significant momentum at Sacred Heart, and I am excited by the opportunities to promote our mission by working collaboratively to strengthen the academic reputation and reach of the University, its colleges, and programs.

The culture of innovation and experimentation at SHU sets us apart and is the reason for our recent success. For continued success, we must adapt and innovate curriculum, structures and modes of delivery while strengthening our commitment to the experiential and discovery-based learning that is rooted in liberal arts.”

Paliwal holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, electronics and telecommunication engineering from Rani Durgawati University in Jabalpur, India; a post-graduate diploma in business administration and chartered financial analysis from the ICFAI Business School in India; and a doctorate in finance from the University of Connecticut.