Meet the President
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vijay Prabhakar
Dr. Vijay Prabhakar
Rhema University is honored and pleased to have Dr. Vijay Prabhakar serving as Vice-Chancellor of Rhema University. His passion for leadership and growth will impact cities and nations as he conveys RU’s local and global vision.
Dr. Vijay G Prabhakar is a distinguished Public Health Professional originally hailing from Chennai, India. A medical graduate of Madras Medical College, MBBS (1982), got his Certificate in Public Health, CPH from California State University, Long Beach in 1983 and graduated from the University Of Illinois School of Public Health, MPH in 1986.
Prabhakar served with distinction as Health Commissioner & Director, Wisconsin Winnebago Nation, a federally recognized Native American tribe in the State of Wisconsin from 1986 to 1993. During his tenure, Prabhakar had increased the Infant immunization rate from 45% to 95% for newborns to 12-month-old tribal children.
Dr. Vijay Prabhakar received the prestigious bi-partisan Congressional Medallion at the 38th Annual Gala of Indian American Medical Association (IAMA) of Illinois and was conferred the Honorary Life Membership Honor of the IAMA of Illinois in November 2018. Prabhakar recently hosted the most successful Second GSA World Divine Conclave 2019 held in New Delhi on Feb 2&3, 2019.
Dr. Prabhakar is the Chairman of Global Strategic Alliance Inc. (GSA) a professional network of corporate businesses and professionals, which strives to serve as a gateway for public-private partnerships in furtherance of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals through hosting global events. In January 2019, GSA launched its monthly digital news publication “THE GLOBAL EYE” which reaches 35 million including one million households in Chicagoland and over 33 million households in India.
Dr. Vijay G Prabhakar is married to Cynthia and has two children, a son Adith and a daughter, Tanya. Vijay is the youngest son of Mr. E.C.P Prabhakar, IAS (Retd.), a distinguished civil servant of Government of Tamilnadu, India, and grandson of Late E.D. Phillip, the first Indian Deputy Collector of Salem District, and Former Dewan to the Raja of Sivaganga. Vijay’s mother, Mrs. Lily Prabhakar founded the World’s first home for leprosy patients’ children integrated with normal orphans and children of single parents, Childrens’Home of Hope, Chennai in 1969. His father-in-law is Mr. Newton Devasahayam, IPS (Retd), a Valiant Police Officer of Tamilnadu, whose father, Mr. Devasahayam, I.P. was the first Indian Inspector-General of Police of then Composite Madras State comprising Tmnilnadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Prabhakar is the nephew of internationally renowned Economist Dr. Malcolm S Adiseshiah, former Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Paris and former Member of Parliament, India and is also the nephew of Bishop Rt Rev Sundar Clarke who was the CSI Bishop of Madras Diocese from 1974 to 1990.
Dr. Vijay Prabhakar had his early schooling at Madurai YWCA Nursery School, elementary education, his 5th standard at Good Shepherd Convent, Chennai and his Middle School & High School at Madras Christian College School, India. He did his Pre University Course at Loyola College, Chennai and First year of B.Sc (Chemistry) at Presidency College, Chennai before joining Madras Medical College in 1975.
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