Woodbury University Honors Don Anton Deepthi Jayamaha With MBA

Jul 08, 2009, 13:17 ET from Woodbury University

BURBANK, Calif., July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sri Lankan business and community leader Don Anton Deepthi Jayamaha of Colombo has been recognized by Woodbury University with an honorary Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

"Through his leadership and life's work, Deepthi has demonstrated the true spirit of Woodbury's mission and has set a fine example for others," says Kenneth R. Nielsen, Ed.D., president, Woodbury University. "Deepthi has also raised the bar for future honorees because of his tireless devotion to country, to community, to education, to family, and to his faith."

Jayamaha is managing director of the Victoria Group in Colombo. He attended Woodbury University in 1979 before returning to Sri Lanka to take over his family's business, a pioneer in the manufacture of automotive leaf springs that under Jayamaha's leadership is today a highly diversified business with interests in manufacturing, trading, public transportation, property development, garments, and internet installation. The company was founded in 1952 by Jayamaha's father.

Jayamaha, who strongly supports education through scholarships and other activities, was honored in 2008 with the title of Deshamanya ("pride of the nation") for his accomplishments and significant contribution to country. He and his wife Nilika have four children, Dinike, Nilishana, Dehan, and Nihara.

Woodbury University has educated more than 75,000 alumni. Three-quarters of Woodbury graduates have resided in Southern California (USA), but Woodbury alumni can be found in all 50 states and in 49 countries. Notable alumni have built businesses both large and small, developed magazines, established accounting firms, become noted fashion designers for film and television, amassed fortunes, won design competitions, held public office, led non-profit organizations, and much more. The university has been located in the Los Angeles, California (USA) area since its founding 125 years ago and established a San Diego, California (USA) campus in 1998.

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development, and Master of Organizational Leadership. A San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture and Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development degrees.

SOURCE Woodbury University