Illinois university names business school after Mumbai-born ex-student

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014,20:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

A Mumbai-born Indian-American who has donated 5 million dollars to the university where he once studied now has a business school named after him. Suni Puri, who immigrated to the US in 1979 to study at Rockford College, now has Puri Business School. Puri earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1982 from the college.
The college, based in Illinois, is now a university with the same name. The school commemorates the lifelong commitment of Puri to Rockford, according to a statement released by the university. It includes such programs as economics, business and accounting, along with business-related activities.
Puri is also known for his donation of a 28,000 square foot building at the campus entrance. The building is expected to serve all school programs related to both graduates and undergraduates. From the minute he stepped on this campus as an undergrad more than 35 years ago, a fire sparked inside him that still burns bright, Robert Head, president of the university, said.
As a dedicated trustee and tireless advocate for Rockford University, he has had occasion to and has proudly promoted and protected the interests of our university.
The establishment of a named school is not only an important milestone for the university; it is a monumental achievement for Puri as well. Puri said, It is important to my family and me, that the Puri Business School offers not only an exemplary space where students, faculty and the community can interact and innovate, but where significant programmatic and curricular advances that will deepen the university’s commitment to advance the university and partner in the economic revival of this region. The liberal arts education I received at Rockford College significantly contributed to my success and the Puri Business School is my way of paying it forward.
US Senator Dick Durbin attended the formal announcement of the school at a reception held earlier this month. He said, I am pleased to honor my friend Sunil Puri for his commitment to Rockford University as we dedicate the Puri Business School.
In 1979, Sunil came to Rockford University with virtually no money or proper transcripts, but he did come with hope and tenacity. Rockford University gave him a chance and today-on his birthday no less-he’s made it clear that he has not forgotten the role the school played in his success.