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CMU's Amir Rahnamay-Azar Shares the Entrepreneurship, Initiative, and Bravado of his Team

Amir Rahnamay-Azar is unique in our collection of interviews; he’s the first we’ve come across who aspired to business administration early in his career, rather than coming to financial leadership accidentally. He sees his team at Carnegie Mellon University as a group of friends and colleagues, equally adept in financial and strategic management as they are committed to the team’s role in financial leadership of the institution.

This week on the show, we have a conversation that illustrates the opportunities that come with the change in our field through a visionary leader and a team that is active in moving their institution forward.

On My Desk Right Now

A picture of my children, a copy of the July issue of Business Officer magazine, where my team was featured in an article, my iPad, items waiting for my signature, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a hot cup of coffee.

What I do when I'm not at Work

Spend time with my family - the kids are at fun ages right now and it’s really great to see how they grow and learn and absorb the world around them.

My Media Mix

I read a lot of trade publications and industry magazines – like Business Officer and the Harvard Business Review. I like to hear about what other universities are doing and how they face the same challenges we all face in higher education. I also check out The Wall Street Journal and Pittsburgh Business Times every morning.

If I weren't a CBO, I'd be

An entrepreneur, likely in real estate development.

Favorite Quote

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker


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