Title: President and Director
Company: Wichita State University
Location: Bel Air, Kansas, United States
Deemathie de Silva, President and Director at Wichita State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in field of curriculum development, physics, and grant writing.
A native of Sri Lanka, Dr. de Silva’s admiration for education developed at a young age. Inspired by her father, who was a Fulbright Professor at Stanford University, she was able to witness his travels around the world to educate people on physics. From the influence of her father, Dr. de Silva decided to pursue academia and further graduated from the Government Teachers College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Upon completion of that program, she studied at Stanford University and earned a Master of Arts in 1964. Upon arriving at the United States in 1977, she accepted the position of a testing coordinator for the women’s equity program at Wichita State University, between 1977 and 1978.
Dr. de Silva further progressed to a research associate of college business with the institution for two years, while also contributing as a biology lecturer for the institution. She went on to teach anthropology from 1982 to 1983, before becoming the director of operation success and student support services as well as a grant writer for the university in 1985. Three years into this engagement, she secured a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Pacific University. Today, Dr. de Silva serves as president of the transcultural marketing communications in Wichita – a post she has held since 1995.
A member of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Association, she also maintains professional ties with the International Society for Intercultural Education and Research, the Mid-America Association, the World Trade Council, the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Independents Scholars of Asia. A recipient of numerous awards in the field, she is particularly proud to have been honored with the Trio Legacy Award from Wichita State University in 2019. An exceptional Marquis listee, Dr. de Silva has been lauded as an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement recipient and has been featured in editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.
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