Virote Angkatavanich, PhD

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Title: Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance
Company: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Location: Glen Rock, New Jersey, United States

Virote Angkatavanich, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics.

Interested in economics and finance since childhood, Dr. Angkatavanich started his professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Applied Arts in international business from the University of Washington in 1956 and a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University in 1957. He built his expertise in monetary policy, international trade, and international research, and enhanced his standing with a PhD in economics from The New School. Along the way, Dr. Angkatavanich decided that the best way for him to help the field was through academics, since a good teacher can cause a ripple effect by guiding students to a productive career. He joined Fairleigh Dickinson University as an assistant professor of economics and finance in 1963, and has continued to advance within the school. He became an associate professor of economics and finance in 1968, a professor of economics and finance in 1973, and the chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance in 1995. In 1999, Dr. Angkatavanich received unanimous votes from faculty and the university administrators to be granted the title of professor emeritus of economics and finance. He maintains that designation to this day.

Over the course of Dr. Angkatavanich’s career, he organized almost 100 lecture series. He would evaluate various economic and financial situations, and once he identified problems, he would extend invitations to appropriate speakers from around the world. Each of the conferences was held in an auditorium on the Teaneck Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University and was attended by anywhere between 120 and 320 people. His efforts were so well-received that he was asked by the New Jersey Banker’s Association to co-sponsor and chair a lecture, “The Pending Interstate Banking Legislation: It’s Impact on the State of New Jersey,” that was held on his campus in 1986.

To further spread knowledge, Dr. Angkatavanich co-authored the book, “An Analysis of Solid Waste Processing Proposals for the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission.” The evaluation team was commissioned by the Hackensack Meadowland Commission and consisted of six faculty members from the Stevens Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Angkatavanich also provided annual internship programs for 15 students with major financial institutions on Wall Street and in New Jersey.

When Dr. Angkatavanich has spare time, he enjoys reading and traveling.

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