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The governance of ACBSP is spelled out in detail in the bylaws of the organization. The ACBSP Bylaws are available to download as a PDF.

The association is a member driven organization that elects its Board of Directors (seven elected from the membership at large, four serving to represent the two accrediting boards, and one appointed by the Board to represent the public at large).

An institution located in the United States must be a member of a regional accrediting body to be eligible to apply for membership in ACBSP. Institutions awarding degrees outside of the United States must present, with the application for ACBSP membership, a certified translation of an official document from an appropriate government organization in their respective countries stating recognition, accreditation and/or their right to grant degrees.

While services and benefits are delivered to a variety of individuals on the campus such as the college president, chief academic officer, head of the business unit and a number of faculty, the membership is institutional with one vote per institution. Each institution has a designated primary representative and alternate representatives who are the individuals authorized to vote for the institution in all matters of governance.

ACBSP membership is further divided into two categories. Each institution is a member of ACBSP and in addition is a member of Associate Degree Commission or the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Commission. This is done for the purposes of administering the accreditation program.

There are two Boards of Commissioners -- one for associate degree programs and one for baccalaureate/graduate degree programs. A Board of Commissioners is elected by its respective commission. Each commission serves as an autonomous body that determines whether institutions that apply for accreditation of their business schools and programs meet the accreditation standards that are promulgated by that Board of Commissioners. Each Board of Commissioners is composed of ten members, nine of which are elected from the membership in each commission and one appointed by each Board to represent the public at large.

The staff of ACBSP reports to the Board of Directors and serves the needs of each Board of Commissioners and the membership at large.

Board Membership Rosters
Board of Directors | Accreditation Governance Board
Associate Degree Board of Commissioners | Baccalaureate/Graduate Board of Commissioners

Board of Directors
2016-2017
Dewayne Thompson
Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee
Chair
Mary Vaughan
College of the North Atlantic
Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada
Chair-Elect
Debbie Gaspard
Southeast Community College
Lincoln, Nebraska
Secretary
Earl Godfrey
Gardner-Webb University
Boiler Springs, North Carolina
Treasurer
Charles Fazzi
Saint Vincent College
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
At Large - 4-Year
Kim Wong
Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque, New Mexico
At Large - 2-Year
Ray Eldridge
Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee
Chair, Board of Commissioners - 4-Year
Dennis Brode
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio
Chair, Board of Commissioners - 2-Year
Bruce Stetar
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, NH
Past Chair, Board of Commissioners - 4-Year
Michelle Byrd
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, South Carolina
Past Chair, Board of Commissioners - 2-Year
Betsy Davis
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
Chair, Accreditation Governance Board
Anthony Negbenebor
Gardner-Webb University
Boiler Springs, North Carolina
Chair-Elect, Accreditation Governance Board
Hugh Hale
State of Tennessee Health Care Finance and Administration
Public Member
Alex Perwich
Enactus United States
Springfield, Missouri
Public Member
Pramod Thevannoor
SCMS Cochin School of Business
Kochi, Kerala, India
Council of Regional Chairs Representatives
Ron Galloway
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, Idaho
At Large
Jeffrey Alderman
Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs
Overland Park, Kansas
Ex Officio - President & CEO

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Accreditation Governance Board
2016-2017
Betsy Davis
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
Chair
Anthony Negbenebor
Gardner-Webb University
Boiler Springs, North Carolina
Chair-Elect
Janice Stoudemire
Palmetto Academic Consulting Services, Inc.
Columbia, South Carolina
Member
Bruce Stetar
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, New Hampshire
Member
Michelle Byrd
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, South Carolina
Member
Von Plessner
Northwest State Community College
Archbold, Ohio
Member
Tim Anderson
Chadron State College
Chadron, Nebraska
Member
Larry Zachrich
Northwest State Community College
Holgate, Ohio
Member
Ron DeYoung
Emeritus Member
Shawnee, Kansas
Member
Sam Dunn
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, Idaho
Member
Mike Wallace
Summit Leadership Team
Overland Park, Kansas
Public Member
Steve Parscale
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Overland Park, Kansas
Ex Officio - Chief Accreditation Officer

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Associate Degree Board of Commissioners
2016-2017
Dennis Brode
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio
Chair
Gary Mrozinski
Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
Chair-Elect
Michelle Byrd
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, South Carolina
Member
Carol Ricke
Pratt Community College
Pratt, Kansas
Member
Donald Carlson
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, Minnesota
Member
Edwin Vineyard
Northern Oklahoma College
Enid, Oklahoma
Member
Germain Pichop
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Member
Amy Hawk Ross
Walters State Community College
Morristown, Tennessee
Member
Derek Ricke
Lake Forest, California
Public Member

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Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners
2016-2017
Ray Eldrige
Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee
Chair
Freda Hartman
Capella University
Scottsdale, Arizona
Chair-Elect
Bruce Stetar
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester, New Hampshire
Member
R. Nandagopal
PSG Institute of Management (PSG College of Technology)
Coimbatore, India
Member
David Frantz
Indiana University East
Richmond, Indiana
Member
Teresa Gillespie
Northwest University
Kirkland, Washington
Member
Brad Kleindl
Park University
Parkville, Missouri
Member
Roslida Miranda
Universidad Apec: UNAPEC
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republics
Member
Justin Matus
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Member
Alfred Miller
Higher Colleges of Technology - Fujairah Women's College
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Member
Denise Smith
Brenau University
Gainesville, Georgia
Member
Diana Fiddick
Overland Park, KS
Public Member

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