Rachna Khanna

Rachna Khanna chose the Barney School for the simplest reason of all: it was closer to her home than any other business school in Connecticut. I had three children and I was managing a cardiology practice at the time, Khanna says, so convenience was really important to me.

It turned out to be the best decision of her life, Khanna says. I’m still the administrator of the cardiology practice, but I also launched my own real estate business, with commercial and industrial properties in the United States and India, and I manage a substantial investment portfolio. None of that would have been possible without the MBA.

Khanna was particularly impressed with her professors at the Barney School. I had a chance to study with professors from Harvard as part of a weekend program, Khanna says. When I returned, I realized that my teachers at the University of Hartford were better than the professors at Harvard. The personal attention they give you, and their level of commitment are truly amazing.

Although she graduated in 2004, Khanna is still actively involved with the University. She is chair of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students. She is also working with David Pines, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, to bring a clean, sustainable water supply to residents of Abheypur, India, a village about 30 miles south of New Delhi.

This is a great project, and I’ve even been able to get my daughter, who’s a senior in high school involved, Khanna says.

The University of Hartford has been a wonderful chapter in the book of my life, and there are still great stories to be written.

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