Camillus Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award From Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Issue Date: 
February 6, 2012
John C. Camillus (left) receives his award from Samir Barua, director of IIM-A.John C. Camillus (left) receives his award from Samir Barua, director of IIM-A.

John C. Camillus, Donald R. Beall Professor of Strategic Management in Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), where Camillus earned his diploma (the equivalent of an MBA degree) and was a gold medalist in the school’s Post Graduate Programme. IIM-A, which has been ranked as the top business school in India, is listed as No. 11 in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2012. The Economist has identified IIM-A as the most selective business school in the world.

Camillus recently accepted the IIM-A award during a ceremony that coincided with the school’s 50th anniversary. Previously, as the first alumnus to obtain a faculty position at the school—he had served there as a professor of management—Camillus received IIM-A’s first-ever Best Teacher Award

At Pitt, Camillus—a member of the Katz faculty since 1977—has been honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award. He is an authority on strategic planning and management control. “IIM-A transformed my professional life,” Camillus says. “My two years as a student were a marvelous and energizing time. Three professors, in particular, were wonderful mentors during my time as a student and even afterwards. They taught me how to analyze complex problems, how to visualize and affect organizational outcomes, and how to seek and find simple solutions that work.”

Camillus received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is devoted to the Pittsburgh arts community, serving as a trustee of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and executive