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Commending Business Excellence, UD to Celebrate 2022 Gupta Hall of Fame Awardees

Irving, TX (02/08/22) – The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business will celebrate and honor its 2022 Hall of Fame inductees during the annual award ceremony on Friday, Feb. 11. This year’s inductees include 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Ray Khirallah, BA ’72 MBA ’76, of counsel at Holland & Knight, and John South, MBA ’97, former chief security officer at Heartland Payment Systems and adjunct professor of cybersecurity.

 

 

For more than four decades, Ray T. Khirallah has led a distinguished legal career in real estate as a partner and counselor for the Dallas-based law office of Holland & Knight LLP, where his practice in commercial real estate has extended from acquisitions and sales and real estate financing to managing multi-million dollar developments and lease agreements. His success with his clients — including landowners, retailers, public companies, financial institutions, investors, operators, developers and advisers — has earned Khirallah numerous awards and recognitions, including the university’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007-22) by Woodward/White, one of the Texas Super Lawyers (2012-20) by Thompson Reuters and one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (2007-09) by D Magazine. 

 

Khirallah serves on the board of directors for the Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas; he is also a member of the American Bar Association (Real Estate Section), State Bar of Texas (Real Estate Section), Dallas Bar Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and The Real Estate Council, as well as being a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.

 

A seasoned cybersecurity professional, John South has led major security operations both domestically and internationally including in Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, where he integrated 134 countries into a singular practice. The former chief security officer of Heartland Payment Systems, among the largest U.S. merchant service providers, South received several honors for his work in spearheading robust IT security programs while driving significant business value. Computerworld Magazine named South among the Premier 100 Information Technology leaders in 2012. And, in 2013, SC Magazine named him chief security officer of the year. 

 

South teaches compliance and legal as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity while also serving on the Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity Advisory Board. He consults for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center — the only industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial services sector — and formerly served on the center’s board of directors. He is also a co-founder of the university’s Information Assurance Program (now Cybersecurity) — which focuses on corporate security and risk management and has been designated a National Security Agency Center of Excellence since its inception. 

 

About the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

 

The Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas has been perfecting graduate business education for more than 50 years. Located in Irving, Texas, the college offers AACSB-accredited programs with the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), MBA, and Master of Science programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Finance and Technology Management as well as professional education programs, making it one of the most popular choices among Dallas/Fort Worth’s business leaders. SB Hall, which opened in January 2016, houses the college, providing students with state-of-the-art technology and practical tools to prepare them for their future careers. For more information, visit udallas.edu/cob.

 

About the University of Dallas

 

Located in one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the U.S., the University of Dallas is a nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts university with campuses in Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy. Known for the academic rigor of its undergraduate Core Curriculum, rooted in the great works of Western civilization and Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of Dallas also offers flexible graduate degrees in business, liberal arts and ministry, all taught by exceptional faculty who are dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth and virtue. For more information, visit udallas.edu.

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