Originally in the Summer 2015 Issue of ACBSP Update.
It still seems like yesterday when Anthony Negbenebor called to let me know the search committee had decided who would fill the position of chief staff executive of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
That decision forever changed my family’s life, and now, six months into the job; I remain very humbled and honored to be associated with such a remarkable organization. A lot has happened in a short time, which is why it seems like yesterday. Before I describe what has been keeping us busy at headquarters, I would like to thank many new friends who have provided encouragement and assistance during this time. There are so many to thank, however, and given editorial length restraints, I apologize for not being able to acknowledge everyone by name.
First, what can I say about Dr. Negbenebor, our immediate past Board chair and someone who has given so much of his time and talents to this organization. He was waiting when I arrived and has been there ever since. His enthusiasm for ACBSP is infectious and I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend and mentor.
Our current Board Chair, Andy Saucedo, has been in my corner from the very beginning and continues to lead with passion and dedication. Under his leadership, I predict the upcoming year will bring many positive developments and organizational achievements. I want to thank our Chair-Elect, Dewayne Thompson, for his ongoing support and insight. And, I want to express my deepest appreciation to our entire Board of Directors for their wisdom and the genuine care they are putting into our organization. I also want to give thanks to our two Boards of Commissioners for their wonderful work. You all inspire me on a daily basis and I owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not extend my sincere appreciation to the ACBSP team for their hard work and patience during this time of transition. They welcomed me with open arms and it is so gratifying to work with a group of professionals dedicated to giving their best each and every day to serve our members. Special thanks to our Director of Administration, Mary Riley, who I would describe as the backbone of our team and someone who has given so much to the success of this organization. In future columns, I will take time to introduce all of our team members.
As for the job at hand, we are working on it.
The last five months have included hosting not one, but two conferences including our own Annual Conference in Philadelphia as well as the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) Biennial Conference in Chicago in late March. It was there we welcomed more than 200 global leaders in higher education. Hosting such an august body as this is what I am referring to when I speak of influence. For those attending the Annual Conference in Philadelphia, you may have heard me speak about influence and how we can continue to grow the prestige of ACBSP accreditation. At INQAAHE, we had the opportunity to share our vision with numerous countries from around the world, many of which had not heard of us before the conference.
Speaking of Philadelphia, we welcomed almost 900 individuals, including registrants, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to the City of Brotherly Love in June. It was an honor and pleasure meeting so many members and learning more about you and your respective schools. Hearing about your daily endeavors and challenges is the primary motivation for what we do. As you no doubt are aware, we preach continuous improvement and outcomes, and such a statement is applicable to ACBSP as well.
This is only the beginning of the wide array of new offerings envisioned by the Board of Directors. As you welcome the start of the fall semester, so too will we begin our work on the creation of a new five-year strategic plan to lead us in our next 25 years of success.
In order to accomplish these objectives and others, we intend to tap into the wealth of talent of our members through our various committees and task forces. Participation through volunteerism is the single most important ingredient to the many accomplishments that lie ahead. If you have ever wondered why some of your colleagues seem to enjoy the countless hours they contribute to ACBSP, I invite you to find out for yourself.
For ways to get more involved or just to say hello, please call the ACBSP headquarters at (913) 339-9356 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We truly enjoy interacting with our members.
Moving forward, please help celebrate our progress and yours, and help us work for the future as we continue to provide a meaningful organization that members are proud to say is theirs.
We are grateful for the trust you place in us and we look forward to serving you in the year ahead.