When Shantanu Dhar spoke at Pittsburg State in November 2019, it was his first visit to campus in 25 years. The Mumbai, India, native had many stories and lessons to share.

Dhar, who graduated in 1994 with a master’s of science in human resources development, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the human resources field. His current position is in human resources at Astarc Group, one of India’s premier auto ancillary and printed flexible electronics company. He’s also served in executive leadership roles at J.M. Baxi Group, Kirloskar Oil Engines, and Dalmia Bharat Enterprises.

Dhar is the author of two books with a third on the way, is a singer, and is a movie script writer for Bollywood.

Dhar said his time at Pittsburg State prepared him to succeed in the global economy.

“If you want to have success abroad, go to a university where the faculty cares and you can build strong friendships with American and international students,” he said. “When you get out there to work and the company is global, it’s good to have friends you have studied with around the world. I can go to 45 countries, and almost always there is a Gorilla who picks me up from the airport.”