Dr. Venky Venkatachalam has been Dean and Professor in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota (USD), the state’s flagship institution, since 2014. He was previously Associate Dean and Professor in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) from 1992 - 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras, India; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; and his Ph.D. in Management Science from The University of Alabama. He also worked as an engineer for four years.
Since becoming the dean of the USD’s Beacom School of Business in 2014, Venkatachalam has successfully led its AACSB reaccreditation efforts. As dean of the nationally recognized business school in the state of South Dakota, he has a demonstrated track record of leadership in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurial thinking and innovation, fiscal management, fund-raising, and economic development.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, Venkatachalam championed the Coyote Business Consulting project, a student-centered initiative at the USD Beacom School of Business, designed to help small businesses stay competitive in the state of South Dakota. Currently in its third round, Coyote Business Consulting has successfully completed projects for 56 small businesses in South Dakota, located in 24 counties, of which 60% are in rural communities.
While at the University of New Hampshire (R1: Very High Research) from 1992 to 2014, Venkatachalam received several awards and distinctions, including the 2012 UNH Award for Excellence in Public Service, the 2006 UNH Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and the 1995 Teaching Excellence Award.
Venkatachalam has a distinguished track record of leading externally funded research projects. He has successfully completed research projects funded by U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (DARPA), the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Patent and Trademarks Office, the Small Business Administration, and the National Science Foundation. During 2016-19, he was a co-PI for a bioscience proof-of-concept project that received a competitive grant as part of the i6 Innovation Challenge competition from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. During 2009-13, he was the project director for a clean energy technology accelerator project, Green Launching Pad, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Green Launching Pad was a statewide technology accelerator project involving entrepreneurs, private and government sectors in New Hampshire, and faculty researchers and students from UNH, Dartmouth College, and other New Hampshire universities.
During 1996-98, he pioneered the design and development of a procurement, marketing, and communications network (PRO-Net) for the U.S. Small Business Administration. For his leadership role in the creation of PRO-Net, Venkatachalam was honored by the United States Vice President at the White House during the inauguration of Small Business Week. During 1995-2002, he was the project leader for Angel Capital Electronic Network (ACE-Net), an internet-based angel capital network that brings together entrepreneurs seeking equity capital and self-accredited investors, on a national basis.
Venkatachalam has published in highly reputed research journals and presented at national/international conferences. He has served on the editorial boards of several reputed research journals in information systems. Venkatachalam also serves on several boards dedicated to economic development in the state of South Dakota.