Jay Rajan, a Business Instructor, has been named Albright College’s new holder of the William E.C. and Mary Dearden Endowed Chair in Business. An innovative Indian American educator, Rajan, who joined the college’s faculty in 2006, specializes in international marketing, consumer behavior, advertising and social media marketing.
She spent 16 years in industry, working for major global advertising agencies, including Mindshare, J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy and Bozell, and has handled media planning, digital media and strategic planning for global brands such as IBM, Unilever and Nike. Prior to joining the Albright faculty, Rajan taught marketing and consumer behavior at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business.
As the holder of the Dearden Chair, Rajan will maintain the position for three years and serve as faculty adviser to the Society of Dearden Scholars, comprised of business, accounting and economics students with high academic accomplishments, who also demonstrate strength of character and leadership befitting a business leader of tomorrow.
Rajan will develop and coordinate, in conjunction with the Dearden Scholars, special events and programs for the society, including activities to enhance business education and bolster career and networking opportunities. She will also manage and administer the Dearden Honors Society endowed fund to support the activities of the society and its awards. Rajan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Madras, and her masters of business administration from Bangalore University.