From India to the College Presidency

A Path From India to U.S. College Presidencies 1

Sandy Huffaker for The Chronicle

Pradeep Khosla, chancellor of the U. of California at San Diego. In 1982, he says, “you looked around, and there were no leadership opportunities in higher education for someone like me.”

As a young boy, in India, Pradeep K. Khosla was told by his parents that he could become one of two things when he grew up: an engineer or a doctor.

Mr. Khosla came to the United States in 1982 to study electrical and computer engineering as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. After earning a doctorate, he climbed the ranks of American academe, becoming a tenured professor, department head, and dean at Carnegie Mellon, and, last year,