A New Chapter: Dayal Meshri ‘68
A scholarship brought Dayal Meshri from India to the University of Idaho, where he earned his doctorate in chemistry in 1968. He credits his success as president and CEO of Advance Research Chemicals Inc. (ARC) to his time at U of I.
ARC produces chemicals for Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Panasonic and Samsung. Meshri started the company in 1987 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and it has since expanded its footprint to become an international production company with more than 140 employees. Meshri himself has become one of the world’s foremost fluoride specialists.
Meshri treasures his education and refers to U of I as “representative of a new chapter in my life.”
“People can give you money and food, but that will disappear,” he said. “Education will last longer and help to build your life and do good for mankind.”
Meshri was inducted into U of I’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. He has since created several scholarships for students and served on the UI Foundation board.
Article by Kylie Smith, University Communications and Marketing
Published in the spring 2019 issue of Here We Have Idaho.