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November 7, 2011

40th Anniversary Alumni Spotlight: Emad Rahim ’03, Survivor of Cambodian Concentration Camp, Today a College Prof

Emad Rahim ‘03, graduated from Central New York Center with a B.S. in nonprofit and community management and an associate degree from the college in community and human services.

Born in a concentration camp in Cambodia, Rahim, a survivor of the Killing Fields, came to Syracuse in the early 1980s through the support of charities and the refugee program. Today, he is an assistant professor at Morrisville State College for the School of Business and director of Venture Connect, a hybrid B.B.A. degree in entrepreneurship and small-business management.

Rahim is a certified FastTrac instructor through the Kauffman Foundation and facilitates Entrepreneurship Bootcamps in conjunction with local universities, community colleges and partnering agencies in Syracuse, NY.

He has a rich history of mentoring young leaders, volunteering in his community and participating in numerous activities in the Institute of Certified Professional Managers community.His involvement includes mentoring young entrepreneurs at the Student Sandbox of Syracuse University and judging several business plan competitions in his community, including the Creative Core Emerging Business Plan Competition. Rahim’s dedication and commitment to his students led to the formation of Morrisville Venture Connects offered through a partnership with the Tech Garden, a program which helps adult students find ways to return to the classroom to further their education. It also earned him a 2010 Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award through the Experiential Classroom XI Program at Oklahoma State University.

He also has been named a 2011 Beyster Institute Scholar Fellow and been awarded the Certified Manager of the Year Award by ICPM of James Madison University, for which he was nominated by CM professional peers and chosen by the ICPM Board of Regents based on his outstanding commitment to leadership, community service, continuous professional education and organizational contributions.He recently received additional distinction when he was chosen among faculty across the nation as a finalist for the “CEC Educator of the Year” by Career Education Corporation, and was accepted into the AACSB post-doctoral bridge program at Freeman School of Business of Tulane University, New Orleans, L.A., a prestigious research residency which only accepts a handful of applications each year. Graduates of Tulane’s program receive certification from the AACSB as academically qualified in marketing and management for five years.Rahim has multiple publications on the topics of diversity management, project management, workplace resolution, organizational development and behaviors.

In addition to teaching and his involvement in various community endeavors, Rahim is the principal consultant and executive advisor for Global i365, a consulting firm that provides business services specializing in the areas of diversity management, project management, technology, programming, nonprofit development and marketing.Rahim earned his doctorate of management in organizational development from the Institute for Advance Studies, and two master’s degrees in project management and business management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs.

In honor of the college's 40th anniversary year, we will spotlight alumni from across the college, celebrating the range of academic, career and personal paths; geographic locations; modes of learning; and life circumstances and experiences supported by a SUNY Empire State College degree program.

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