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Published August 12, 2010, 12:00 AM

Death ‘leaves big hole’ at NDSU

The unexpected death of a North Dakota State University associate vice president for academic affairs “leaves a big hole” for the college, an official said Wednesday.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM

The unexpected death of a North Dakota State University associate vice president for academic affairs “leaves a big hole” for the college, an official said Wednesday.

Sudhir Mehta, 59, died Sunday in India after suffering a heart attack, said NDSU Provost Craig Schnell.

Mehta, who had worked for NDSU since 1984, is credited with helping increase NDSU’s international student population, which is more than 1,200 students.

For the past few years, Mehta was based overseas to recruit students and develop agreements with institutions in India and other countries in Asia.

“He was a very good recruiter,” Schnell said. “It leaves a big hole for us.”

Mehta was scheduled to be in Fargo next week to greet new international students during orientation.

Lisa Hauck, director of international programs, said Mehta developed relationships with students, particularly from India’s Ansal Institute of Technology, and helped ease their transition by coming to orientation.

“He was really the first face of NDSU for each cohort of students,” Hauck said.

Mehta also promoted international education for U.S. students. He helped secure a grant that enables NDSU students to study in India, Hauck said.

Mehta joined the NDSU mechanical engineering faculty in 1984, and was named associate vice president in 2002.

As a professor, Mehta was innovative and looked for ways to improve teaching, Schnell said.

Mehta received many honors, including being named North Dakota Professor of the Year in 1997 by the Carnegie Foundation.

Mehta, who lived in Kolkata, India, is survived by his wife, Manju, and his son, Yogin.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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