Indian-origin professor Neeli Bendapudi has created history as the first woman and person of color to be named as the president of America`s prestigious Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Bendapudi, who was born in Visakhapatnam and came to the US in 1986 for higher studies, is presently serving as the president and professor of marketing at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She was unanimously named Penn State`s next president by the Penn State Board of Trustees on December 9, the Pennsylvania State University said in a statement on its website. When she begins her appointment as Penn State`s 19th president in spring 2022, she will make history as the first woman and person of color to serve as the University`s president, it said. Ms. Bendapudi, currently the 18th president of the University of Louisville, is a recognized leader in higher education who specializes in marketing and consumer behavior. With a nearly 30-year career in academia, she has taught marketing and served in a variety of administrative roles over the years, including as provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas, dean of the School of Business at the University of Kansas, and founding director of the Initiative for Managing Services at Ohio State University.