An ECG Community Conversation with Dr. Suresh Chandra, Why I Believe in Greensboro and the Community Foundation

The Expanding Community Giving Initiative (ECG) of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro engages diverse audiences to use philanthropy to become agents of their own change to positively impact the Greater Greensboro community. ECG’s Community Conversations is a series of events providing information and resources that inspire and mobilize donors to grow their philanthropy and establish philanthropic legacies that strengthening our community.

At the next Community Conversation, Dr. Suresh Chandra will share reflections from his personal and professional journey as a member of the Greensboro community. He will share why he trusts, values and believes in the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro‘s role to inspire giving from our richly diverse communities and experiences. Dr. Chandra has embraced Greensboro since his arrival as a faculty member at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T). At NC A&T, he reached a pioneering milestone by becoming the first person of Indian Origin to be appointed Dean of a College of Engineering in the United States (1974). 

Dr. Chandra’s passion for and commitment to Greensboro stems from his early experiences as an immigrant where he was embraced by the Greensboro community. As long-time member of the Triad Hindu Temple-Hindu Society of North Carolina, Dr. Chandra has been actively engaged in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout the Triad. He has also been an active community volunteer as a member of the board of trustees of the Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro, a non-profit, interfaith organization that helps older adults pursue independent and active lives. Dr. Chandra was selected for participation in the Interfaith Study Mission to Israel in March 2016. He has served in many roles at the Community Foundation - member of the board, the community grants committee, and the Expanding Community Giving Advisory Committee.

Suresh actively advocates and promotes a belief in the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s role as the hub of philanthropic activity that brings Greensboro together across all of our multicultural diversity. Recently, Suresh and his wife, Jane, established the Suresh and Jane Chandra Fund as an unrestricted endowment at CFGG. Their gift cemented their passion for Greensboro and established a philanthropic legacy that enables CFGG to meet community’s needs as they evolve over time.

Thank you to the event sponsors are First BankMount Zion Baptist ChurchW.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Quaintance Weaver Restaurants and Hotels for making these conversations possible.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

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Dr. Chandra hails from Raja-Ka-Rampur in the Etah district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He earned his undergraduate science and chemical engineering degrees in India prior to earning graduate degrees in chemical engineering and civil engineering from the University of Louisville and Colorado State University, respectively. He also became a U.S. citizen in 1970 and served as a faculty member at several universities prior to joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. At NC A&T, he enjoyed a storied career that included roles as a research professor, department chair, and Dean of the College of Engineering. He retired in May 2010 and was subsequently appointed Professor Emeritus.


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