Happy New Year to all. This New Year marks the beginning of our next decade for ACBSP. What a coincidence that it also marks the beginning of our new CEO — Mr. Jeffrey Alderman. Mr. Alderman will officially start his duties as our new CEO on February 16, 2015.
Mr. Viehland, who announced his retirement from ACBSP last year, will conclude his work with ACBSP by February 28, 2015. Please join me in thanking him for all he has done for ACBSP. More on his retirement celebration activities is coming in future issues. First, I would like to thank the Executive Board, Board of Directors, Regional Council Presidents, Past-Presidents, ACBSP volunteers, and staff who contributed their time and resources to assist in the hiring of our new CEO. It has been a very busy term for our staff and the leadership team as we transition from the past to the beginning. Late in the month of December I sent an email to all members, announcing Mr. Alderman’s hiring. More will be told about our new CEO. He is a team-oriented manager who promotes others and service above self. He will be a highly effective leader as he plans to work with our volunteer leadership to build upon our current strengths while growing our global outreach.
Let’s look at a snapshot of 2014. We accomplished quite a lot together in the past year, and for that I am grateful. We set a new record at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago with more than 1,000 in attendance. We honored 32 institutions that achieved initial or reaffirmation of accreditation, including two that were granted separate accounting accreditation. In November, just over 100 business educators and others gathered in Athens, Greece for the second International Conference. Our membership has grown to more than 1,300 campuses in 62 countries.
One of the biggest announcements this year came at the conclusion of the Annual Conference when Doug Viehland, Executive Director/CEO of ACBSP for the past 12 years, announced his retirement. Since that time, your Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have been focused on a smooth transition between Doug and Jeffrey. I am happy to report that all is going well at “Home” — of course I mean our home office. We have some of the BEST staff in the world. They are very dedicated and please join me in thanking them for a great job.
Start preparing for ACBSP Conference 2015 to be held in Philadelphia this June. We have planned several activities that will be enriching, educational, and fun for all. Also, you will have the opportunity to bid farewell to our past CEO and welcome home our new CEO. This year will be a special conference. Don’t miss it!
For now, I thank you again for your membership, your service to ACBSP, and your commitment to providing the highest quality business education to your students. Please feel free to email me any thoughts and suggestions. We are committed to serving you. Have a great semester and again, Happy New Year.