Although his own career accomplishments are internationally known, he is mostly proud of many of his former students and their life achievements. These are the types of selfless attributes that have made Dr. Ahmed Ispahani a beloved professor at University of La Verne since 1964.
In 1968, Dr. Ispahani took a leave of absence from the university to serve as Economic Advisor to the Central Bank of Iran. In 1971, he began work on the Iran Project in Iran, and directed the financial and economic sectors of the Fifth Five-Year Plan of Iran (1973-1978). In 1972, he was recruited by the Shah of Iran to be senior economic advisor and serve as Head of Research and Project Development for the Government of Iran. In 1990, Dr. Ispahani also served as the economic advisor to his cousin, the former prime minister of Pakistan, the late Benazir Bhutto.
Despite his many international career opportunities, Dr. Ispahani always knew that La Verne was his home. The Shah of Iran requested for his return, however he chose to return to the classroom. “Nothing can get me out of here until I decide to retire,” he said.
His former students include former La Verne President Steve Morgan and former La Verne City Manager Martin R. Lomeli, who said that Dr. Ispahani was one of the reasons he decided to study at La Verne. “He is just an incredible man with a great personality,” he said.
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