School of Management’s Namesake Alumnus is a Philanthropist Leader
Since Naveen Jindal earned his MBA from UT Dallas in 1992, he has thrived beyond college successes to become a leading industrialist, ascendant statesman and driving force for higher education in his home country, India.
Named a 2010 UT Dallas Distinguished Alumnus, he has targeted support to the School of Management in the largest alumni gift ever given the university. His gift, together with that of fellow alumni Charles and Nancy Davidson, is valued at $30 million. The University of Texas Board of Regents recognized his philanthropy by naming the school the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
“My vision and desire,” Jindal said, “is that the [Jindal] School of Management becomes the school of choice for some of the brightest and best individuals who will truly lead us into the next generation, leaders who will truly embrace the global vision and balance the needs of the people with the environment in an ethical and sustainable manner.”
In memory of his late father, Naveen Jindal started and is chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in Haryana, India. JGU focuses on business, international affairs, law and public policy.
Jindal’s business career has roots in the O.P. Jindal Group, a multibillion-dollar family conglomerate. He serves as chairman and managing director of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, a steel manufacturer that has diversified into cement production, mining, oil and gas, and power generation.
A national record holder in India for skeet shooting and an adept polo player, Jindal found another passion while at UT Dallas — politics. He served first as Student Government vice president, then president, at the same time earning the Student Leader of the Year Award.
Inspired by displays of the U.S. flag on campus, he later successfully challenged India’s Flag Code, which allowed the banner to be put on view only on special occasions. The effort birthed his parliamentary career. Now in his second five-year term in the Lok Sabha, Parliament’s lower house, he champions health and educational facilities for his district.