VIDEO: Sheth International Achievement Awards recognize the international achievements by a current faculty member and by an alumnus of Pitt.

Sheth International Achievement Awards

The 2016-2017 Sheth International Achievement Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the O’Hara Student Center at the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s recipients are:

Dr. Richard Henker, professor of Nurse Anesthesia in the School of Nursing, who receives the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement. His Sheth Award recognizes his promotion of best practices for nurse anesthetists, both in the US and overseas, providing academic and technical assistance to universities and governments around the world. 

Pitt School of Law alumna, Dr. Vjosa Osmani, receives the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award for her academic and professional accomplishments in the establishment and consolidation of democracy and human rights in her homeland, the Republic of Kosovo. 

The awards were established in 2012 through the generosity of Pitt alumni Madhu and Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth (Business ’62G, ’66G) and the Sheth Family Foundation. Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth is a renowned scholar and internationally recognized thought leader, who has offered more than a thousand presentations in at least 20 countries. Currently, he is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Emory University. Together with his wife, Madhu, he is dedicated to promote global thinking and international endeavors through the Sheth Family Foundation.

The University Center for International Studies manages the nomination process and organized the annual Sheth International Achievement awards ceremony and dinner, in which each winner receives a customized award. 

Past Pitt faculty recipients of the Sheth International Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement are:

Past recipients of the Sheth International Young Alumni Award for International Achievement are:


Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth is a renowned scholar and world authority in the field of marketing. His insights on global competition, strategic thinking and customer relationship management are considered revolutionary.

He is the Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Prior to this, he was a distinguished faculty member at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sheth is nationally and internationally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geopolitical analysis. He has worked for numerous industries and companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, both as an Advisor and as a Seminar Leader. His clients include AT&T, BellSouth, Cox Communications, Delta, Ernst & Young, Ford, GE, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel, Pillsbury, Sprint, Square D, 3M, Whirlpool and many more. He has offered more than a thousand presentations in at least twenty countries.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Sheth works diligently to promote global thinking and international endeavors through The Sheth Foundation. It is because of this mission and his generosity that we accept nominations every spring for two awards that will benefit the University of Pittsburgh community and recognize commitments to the international community.