21, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2001
Commerce dean devastated
by loss of former students at NYU
By Mark Reutter, News Bureau Staff Writer
(217) 333-0568; firstname.lastname@example.org
by Bill Wiegand
personal loss Dean
Avijt Ghosh, who was a professor and administrator at the
Stern School of Business at New York University, knew a lot
of former students working at the World Trade Center when
it was attacked last week.
For Avijit Ghosh,
the dean of the UI College of Commerce and Business Administration,
the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was personal and horrifying.
"This event has devastated me and my family," said Ghosh,
who was a professor and administrator at the Stern School of Business
at New York University for 21 years before becoming CBA dean last month.
Among the dead or missing were a number of his former students, many
of them working professionals who had enrolled in his strategy and marketing
classes in the evening MBA program. "I did know a lot of people
who worked at the WTC. Some were my students, and others were students
or alumni of NYU."
Like many faculty and staff members at the UI, he first heard about
the attack while at work on campus. "I ran into a colleague who
asked me if I knew about the plane accident, which in the beginning
seemed to be a small plane that was flying low and accidentally hit
one of the towers."
Within a short time, e-mails began to flash across his screen from and
between friends, "and I realized that this was a much more momentous
event than a mere accident."
Ghosh moved to New York from the University of Iowa in 1980. He and
his family lived in Greenwich Village, and his eldest daughter attended
Stuyvesant High School, located six blocks north of the WTC. Her school
friends "were eyewitnesses to the entire set of events. They felt
the shock of the planes hitting the towers, and they saw people jumping
out of the windows before the towers collapsed." The 3,000 students
were evacuated safely, and the school was turned into a triage and food
Ghosh cited the unity events held on campus last week as important to
his family. "They helped to focus our thoughts and to reflect about
this tragedy in more constructive ways than pure emotion. Our thoughts
are with the families and friends of all, including NYU and UI alums
who have suffered as a result of this tragedy."