May 27, 2003
EMERITUS PROFESSOR AT UIS NAMED TO HIGHER ED BOARD
SPRINGFIELD - Governor
Rod R. Blagojevich has appointed Emeritus Professor Proshanta
Nandi of Springfield to a six-year term on the Illinois Board of
Higher Education. Nandi succeeds Lee H. Walker for a term ending
in January 2009.
Professor Nandi retired as chairperson of the sociology and anthropology
department at the University
of Illinois at Springfield in 2002. Before joining the faculty
at UIS, Nandi taught at Ohio
University, and served as a research sociologist for a Ford
Foundation project in India. In 1998, he spent the summer as a visiting
professor at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China.
Nandi is author of Quality of Life of Asian Americans and
editor of Globalization and the Evolving World Society. He
has also published many articles in sociological and education journals,
both in the United States and internationally.
He holds master's degrees in commerce and economics from Gorakhpur
University in India, where he also obtained a master's in sociology,
which attracted his attention as it became a new discipline of study
in India in the late 1950s. He completed a Fulbright Scholarship
leading to study at the University
of Minnesota where he obtained another master's degree and his
Nandi has been active in a broad array of professional meetings
and organizations, including World Congresses of the International
Sociological Association, the American Sociological Association,
the Third World Conference at Chicago, the National Association
for Ethnic Studies, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Illinois
Sociological Association, and the Illinois Psychological Association.
He has held positions in several Springfield area professional and
cultural organizations, including the India Association of Greater
Springfield, the Organization of Asian Americans, the World Federalists
Association, and diversity task forces for the Springfield public
schools and UIS.