Accounting professor Alex Thevaranjan is guided in life by a sense of personal purpose: helping young people discover themselves.
I believe in contributing to the development of young people academically, socially, and spiritually, says Thevaranjan, a native of Sri Lanka who has taught at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management since earning a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Minnesota in 1993. He believes peace and happiness are natural byproducts of a life filled with purpose, and that such a life blesses others in the process. I want to help students find the precious diamond within, he says. I am passionate about helping them find a sense of direction in life and discover their mission in this world."