Lake Superior State University’s Lukenda School of Business professor Dr. Madan Saluja was honored at a ceremony on Oct. 12 on LSSU’s campus during the unveiling of a statue commissioned by former students. Dr. Saluja was honored not only for his 50-year teaching career at LSSU but also for his dedication and commitment to his students and LSSU. Family, friends, current and former students, along with members of the community gathered for the unveiling ceremony to celebrate a truly extraordinary man who has had such a significant impact on so many people.
Dr. Saluja holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi. He joined the faculty at LSSU in 1969 as an assistant professor of business and economics. His passion, knowledge, experience, and ability to inspire students, lead to his promotion of full professor in 1981. Dr. Saluja is known for his commitment to equipping students for success and his dedication to quality and rigor. His legacy is represented by the thousands of students whom he has positively impacted through their education, lives, and careers. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Saluja has been a champion for student scholarships and was instrumental in establishing the School of Business/Lambda Scholarship. He helped to raise more than $225,000 to support the endowment.
“From the viewpoint of fellow faculty members, one of Dr. Saluja’s most notable characteristics is his commitment to quality. As we are all well aware, Dr. Saluja holds students to rigorous academic standards,” stated Mindy McCready, Chair of the Lukenda School of Business. “He’s been recognized for his extraordinary contributions to higher education as a result.”
Well known for bringing out the best in his students, Dr. Saluja received the Distinguished Teaching and Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities, and the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award, in 1991. He also earned LSSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.
“Our faculty has always sought out ways to not only teach an academic subject but to invest in students at a deeper level,” stated Dr. Rodney Hanley, LSSU President. “Our students have a network of experienced mentors they can call upon throughout any point in their lives for advice. These types of relationships continue to be one of the most valuable assets to our graduates, and we are proud to recognize Dr. Saluja’s legacy with this statue.”
The statue is a gift to future generations of Lakers honoring Dr. Saluja’s legacy funded by the very alumni who have benefitted from his depth of knowledge, friendly smile, and commitment to bringing out the best in his students.