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William P. Carey Distinguished Professorship

Carey Business School

Established in 2020 by the W. P. Carey Foundation, this fund is to recognize an outstanding leader on the Carey faculty.

The W. P. Carey Foundation is a private U.S. foundation that was founded by Wm. Polk Carey in 1990. Inspired by the Carey family’s legacy of educational leadership and philanthropy. The W. P. Carey Foundation’s primary mission is to support educational institutions with the larger goal of improving America’s competitiveness in the world. The main focus of the Foundation is in the following three areas: business and legal education, primary and secondary education, and community. Since its founding in 1990, the Foundation has granted over $375 million to hundreds of institutions.

Held by Ritu Agarwal

RITU AGARWAL, PhD, is the inaugural William P. Carey Distinguished Professor at the Carey Business School. She was previously a Distinguished University Professor and the Chair of Information Systems at the University Of Maryland Smith School Of Business, as well as the Founding Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems. She earned a PhD in Information and an MS in Computer Science from Syracuse University, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.

Her research focuses on the use of information technology in healthcare settings, health analytics, and artificial intelligence applications in health. She was the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Professor for UMD-Smith, and won the university’s Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. In 2010 Agarwal started the annual Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA). This conference is a leading research form at the intersection of technology, analytics, and health.