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ACBSP Honors Dr. Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. with Dedication of a Library in His Name

Thursday, November 20, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melinda Dorning

 


Dr. Vaughn, along with three of his five grown children, colleagues from Alabama State University, and approximately 25 others from as far away as Paris, France came to the Overland Park office of ACBSP on Friday, Nov. 14 for a ceremony dedicating the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. Accreditation Library. (In the photo, from left to right: Percy D. Vaughn, Dr. Denise A. Vaughn, Dr. Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., and Rene’ C. Vaughn.)

 

OVERLAND PARK, KS, USA (November 19, 2014) Dr. Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. was Professor of Marketing and Dean of the College of Business Administration at Alabama State University for nearly 40 years. He was instrumental in promoting the value of specialized business education through ACBSP. He served as an ACBSP champion on the campus of Alabama State University, working to ensure that the University secured accreditation of its business programs in 1993. (ACBSP reaffirmed accreditation of the business programs at ASU in 2013.)

Dr. Vaughn held a number of volunteer leadership positions at both the regional and national level, serving first as president of the Southeastern Region and then as president of ACBSP in 2000-01. He was named an ACBSP emeritus member upon his retirement from teaching in 2010.

To honor Dr. Vaughn, colleagues from ACBSP member campuses throughout the Southeastern region of the U.S., raised more than $20,000 to dedicate the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. Accreditation Library at the ACBSP home office, located at 11520 W. 119th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. More than $11,000 of that amount was donated by faculty, staff, students and graduates of the College of Business Administration at Alabama State University.

On Friday, Nov. 14, Dr. Vaughn, his family members, colleagues from Alabama State University, and business educators from across the Southeast and as far away as Paris, France, came to the ACBSP office for a ceremony to dedicate the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. Accreditation Library and recognize Dr. Vaughn for his commitment to delivering quality business education. 

Dr. Le-Quita Booth, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Alabama State University, was among those who spoke of the impact Dr. Vaughn had on the lives of his students. She shared the story of a former student who had struggled with a reading disability, but with Dr. Vaughn’s guidance and support graduated from Alabama State University in 2008 and went on to complete his master’s degree. Now employed by the U.S. Army as an executive project officer, the former student has started a non-profit. “He wants to be a motivational force, propelling youth forward and encouraging them to see their full potential, because that’s what Dr. Vaughn did for him,” Dr. Booth said.

Rene’ Vaughn, who spoke on behalf of the Vaughn family said this of his father, “His is a man of strong determination and goodwill and will fight for what he believes in, and that was educating thousands of students who have graduated from the College of Business Administration at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.”

Dr. Dewayne Thompson, Chair of the Business Department at Lee University and President of the Southeastern Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP Region 3) in 2011-12 spoke on behalf of Region 3 members. “We see the future with greater clarity, with a more robust vision, for having stood on the shoulders of Percy Vaughn,” he said.

“I applaud the Southeastern Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP Region 3) for taking the initiative to ensure this great individual and his work is so honored,” said Douglas Viehland, ACBSP Executive Director/CEO.

In his speech at the dedication ceremony, Dr. Vaughn said: “Change is inevitable. It shows that we are always in a state of transforming and seeking to improve our world. Even with modern technology and all of its gadgets and iPhones, smart boards and Androids, there’s still nothing more beautiful than a newly erected edifice to touch our souls when we gaze at its grandeur, roam through its insides, and give thanks for the history that it will hold for generations to come. I agree with the comment President George W. Bush made at the dedication of his library: ‘My name may be on the building, but it belongs to all of you.’”

 

About ACBSP

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP currently has 1,315 member campuses, 211 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 997 have achieved accreditation and more than 226 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 11,000. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs

Contact: Melinda Dorning 913-339-9356 — mdorning@acbsp.org

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