Management information systems expert to lead Behrend's Black School of Business

An expert in business information systems will lead the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, beginning July 1.

Balaji Rajagopalan will bring international academic and business experience to the school, which offers the only programs in the Erie region accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. He has worked with universities in the United States, India, China and Taiwan, and has partnered with IBM, Ford, GM and Daimler Chrysler for research and consulting. His study of open-source software, data mining and new communication technologies has been published in more than 20 books and journals.

He also was part of a team that studied online investing and the impact that rumors and real-time social-media feedback have on markets. That work was supported by a four-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Dr. Rajagopalan’s experience in both academia and industry will help to advance the direction of the Black School of Business, including the ‘open lab’ concept, where students, faculty members and business leaders collaborate on new products, programs and processes,” said David Christiansen, senior associate dean for academic affairs. “Those partnerships better position our students for success in a highly competitive global business market.”

Rajagopalan comes to Penn State Behrend from Galgotias University in Greater Noida, India, where he served as pro vice chancellor and dean. He is also a professor of management information systems at Oakland University in Michigan.

He previously served as associate dean of Oakland’s School of Business Administration. Before that, he led the university’s graduate business and executive MBA programs.

Rajagopalan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Andhra University in India and a master’s degree and doctorate in management information systems from the University of Memphis.

At Penn State Behrend, he also will serve as the Black Family Chair of Entrepreneurship and as professor of management information systems.

The Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend offers a high-tech academic environment with small class sizes. The school, which offers nine bachelor’s, one associate and two graduate-degree programs, and which administers Penn State’s iMBA program, benefits from a $20 million endowment from the late insurance executive Samuel P. Black Jr. and his wife, Irene. For more information, visit

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Last Updated April 23, 2013