Kotouc Family Endowed PM Professor Awarded Honorary PhD


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 2019 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Degree Recipient is Awarded to Syracuse native, Dr. Emad Rahim.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology announced that author Dr. Emad Rahim will deliver the keynote address at its fall commencement. The 2019 commencement ceremony is set for Friday, October 25, 2019, where the Board of Trustees will confer upon Dr. Rahim an honorary Doctor of Professional Practice (Ph.D.). The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University, located at 730 21st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20052.

Dr. Rahim was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He arrived to the United States with his family as a refugee living in Brooklyn New York and was raised in Syracuse, New York. After struggling with street violence, gangs, drugs, poverty, family abuse, and dyslexia as an adolescent, he found his way through higher education to become an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author and community leader. He is a Fulbright Recipient, Longenecker Entrepreneurship Fellow and TEDx Speaker.

He authored Resilience: From Killing Fields to Boardroom and co-authored The Inclusive Leader: An Applied Approach to Diversity, Change, and Management and the Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change. He has also written for CEO Magazine, Forbes and IntelligentHQ.com. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, World Class Magazine, The Post Standard and Rutgers’ The Humanist and CEO Magazine, and interviewed on the BBC, NPR, StoryCorps, PBS, and multiple podcasts.

Dr. Rahim currently serves as the Kotouc Family Endowed Chair at Bellevue University, and is also an equity partner at Ztudium. He has also been invited as a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University and Lebanon Valley College and was appointed as the Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University and Whitman School of Management.

He volunteers on the Board of Directors for 100 Black Men of Syracuse, CNY Community Foundation, Onondaga Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Good Life Youth Foundation. Dr. Rahim also supports his local school district and community centers by serving on committees, facilitating workshops trainings, advising parents and students, and speaking at graduations ceremonies and community events.

Dr. Rahim has earned advanced post-doctoral credentials from Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Maryland University College. He has a Doctorate of Management and two graduate degrees in business from Colorado Tech, and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Empire State College. He was awarded an honorary associate degree from SUNY Onondaga Community College and recognized with the John H. Mulroy Founder’s Award, which is the college’s highest honor granted by the Board of Trustees. In 2018, Dr. Rahim received the Alumni Community Impact Award SUNY Empire State College and in 2017 he won the national Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.



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