Virote Angkatavanich, Ph.D., is a respected and accomplished educator who has amassed more than three decades of experience in his industry prior to his retirement from teaching in 1999. Earning the rank of professor emeritus of economics and finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he was formerly a professor of economics and finance from 1973 to 1999 and the chairman of the department of economics and finance from 1995 to 1999. Prior to these positions, he was an associate professor and assistant professor of economics and finance, beginning in 1963.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Angkatavanich pursued a formal education at the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts in international business in 1956. He subsequently attended New York University in 1957, graduating with a Master of Business Administration in finance. He concluded his education in 1967, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from The New
School, located in New York City.
Among his notable achievements, Dr. Angkatavanich is renowned for receiving unanimous votes from faculty and university administrators to be granted the title of professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has organized nearly 100 lecture series and has invited speakers from across the globe to speak on international trade, economics and finance at various conferences. Some of the speakers were chairmen of the board, presidents and senior economists of financial institutions, including the senior economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In fact, his lecture series were so well-received that he was asked by the New Jersey Banker’s Association to co-sponsor and chair a lecture on “The Pending Interstate Banking Legislation: It’s Impact on the State of New Jersey” in 1986.
When Dr. Angkatavanich was only 22 years old, his father, a physician, and his mother appointed him to take charge of building a modern four-story hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Ordering cement from Taiwan and steel wire rods from Japan, as well as building supplies from local vendors, the hospital was completed and was eponymously named The Angkatavanich Hospital. Dr. Angkatavanich’s family is also well-known for founding the first Christian church in Bangkok, naming it the Sapan Leung Christana Church, and becoming the largest Christian church in Thailand.
The co-author of “An Analysis of Solid Waste Processing Proposals for the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission” in 1973, Dr. Angkatavanich has accrued several accolades, including the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1957 Dr. Marcus Nadler’s Money Marketeer Award from New York University. Looking toward the future, he intends to remain in his status as professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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