Chapel Hill, NC
Indian-American and Padma Bhushan awardee Swadesh Chatterjee has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the prestigious University of North Carolina.
Last October North Carolina’s Governor Ray Cooper presented the State’s highest award, Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Chatterjee, 75.
Cooper described Chatterjee as a ‘spark plug among us’ as he applauded his contribution not only to the development of North Carolina but also to the India-US relationship and enriching the cultural milieu of the United States.
Chatterjee, who for the past several decades has played an important role in strengthening the India-US relationship, including the lifting of sanctions post Pokhran-II, was appointed to the position by the North Carolina Assembly this week.
A resolution appointing 6 eminent individuals to the university’s board of governors was passed unanimously by the State Assembly on May 3.
The term commences on July 1, 2023 and will end on June 30, 2027.
Rich Verma, who is now the Deputy Secretary of State, said Chatterjee has been at the centre of the key moments that have brought the Indian and US closer.