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Livingstone College Division of Business Dean Retires


The Faculty Assembly of Livingstone College recognized the retirement of longstanding professor Raejshwar D. Sharma at its monthly meeting on Friday, December 1, 2023. Faculty Assembly president Da’Tarvia Parrish acknowledged R.D. Sharma as an astute leader and great friend. After placing a sash on Sharma printed, “The Legend has Retired,” Parrish stated, “Dr. Sharma has been an inspiration and champion for diversity and inclusion at Livingstone College. His leadership has permitted our students and faculty to engage in an international market and has changed the landscape of higher education at HBCUs.”

In a visual presentation of Dr. Sharma through the years to the tune of “Wake Up Everybody,” Vice President of the Faculty Assembly Damein Greatheart, who serves in the Division of Business under Dr. Sharma, shared his appreciation for Sharma’s 28 years of service.

Other recognitions included certificate presentations from Division Chairs Drs., Tarsha Reid and Hasan Crockett, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dawn McNair, who presented a crystal award.

A native of India, Dr. Raejshwar Sharma began his tenure at Livingstone in 1994 as an adjunct in the Department of Business and was soon retained as a full-time employee in 1995. By 2000, Dr. Sharma was appointed Division Chair (Dean) for the Bishop George E. Battle School of Business, where he has served for over two decades. Under his leadership, the division has developed multiple programs including eSports, Hospitality and Management, and Culinary Arts. It has developed an international student exchange program with Invertis University in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Former student Jordan Walker commented in a Facebook post, “Dr. Sharma was a big influence in helping shift my culinary career, and I became more analytical with his words of wisdom. I appreciate him and his open-door policy.” RD Sharma leaves a legacy of professional service and congeniality. He has touched the lives of many Livingstonians and has contributed to the Rowan-Salisbury community and beyond. Forever a Blue Bear, Livingstone College wishes him a happy retirement.

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