Mid American Business Deans Association Annual Conference

 2020 Conference Speaker

Monday, October 19, 2020

Community Mixer
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM Central Time

Please gather your beverage of choice and join colleagues for informal discussions and networking.  Share ideas, meet new people, and connect with friends as you discuss topics that are top of mind.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – How to Prepare Our Students for the Future
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Central Time

It's coming and there is no escaping it...the 4th industrial revolution.  The changes in business that will accompany the 4th industrial revolution are truly disruptive.  In this session, we will explore the 6 core technologies of the 4th industrial revolution:  blockchain and cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous vehicles and drones.  Then, we will focus on how to teach these technologies to students who will determine how those technologies will be used to redefine the landscape of business.
Bio: Stephen Haag is a Professor of the Practice in Business Information and Analytics at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.  During his 25-year stay at DU, Dr. Haag has been the Chair of the Department of Information Technology and Electronic Commerce, the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, the Director of Assurance of Learning, and the Director of Entrepreneurship.  He is the co-author or author of 47 books and has appeared in Parent Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Wired Magazine, and numerous other publications.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Has Begun; Now's the Time to Join (includes a 28-minute podcast) - https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/15/1010365/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-has-begun-nows-the-time-to-join/
The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly, a must-read book
Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab and Nicholas Davis, another must-read book
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab, another must-read book

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Dr. Stephen Haag

University of Denver

Four Big Changes Brought by Covid-19
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:15 AM Central Time
The business of running a business school will never be the same, thanks to COVID‑19. Some adaptations to the pandemic will disappear, artifacts of a temporary situation.  Other changes will stick, as the crisis simply accelerated change that was already occurring.  Eduvantis president Tim Westerbeck will take a step-by-step look at core changes to the competitive environment, product delivery, customer expectations, branding and marketing that every institution must understand if it is to prosper in the post-Covid era.  Participants will learn:

  • On what dimensions will the business school product most need to change in the future?
  • How will marketing be impacted by the changes brought by COVID-19?
  • How have consumer perspectives and expectations changed?
  • What is the best plan of action for preparing your institution for competition going forward?
  • What will be the toughest requirement and why?

Tim Westerbeck


Contact: tim@eduvantis.com

Bio: Tim Westerbeck is President of Eduvantis, the leading data-driven strategic consulting firm serving the global business school market.  The firm has worked with more than 80 business schools to develop enrollment growth strategies, capture new markets, gain market share, identify new revenue streams and design more effective product, digital marketing and recruitment models to enhance competitive standing. 

Tim has advised leading institutions such as The Wharton School, The Kellogg School of Management, The Fuqua School of Business, The University of Sydney Business School, The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, AACSB International, The Graduate Management Admission Council, the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University, Chicago Booth, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and many others.  

As a periodic columnist for Bloomberg/Business Week, and commentator in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other global media, and a regular presenter at global industry forums such as the Indian Management Conclave, AACSB International, The European Foundation for Management Development and the Executive MBA Council, Tim is regarded as one of the foremost experts on management education.  Contact: tim@eduvantis.com.

Dr. Tanja Hinterstoisser

Champlain College

The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Hiring New College Graduates
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:15 PM Central Time
As higher education grapples with the enormous academic and operational challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, educators and administrators are exploring ways to ensure the future employability of our students and graduates. Over the summer, career centers throughout the US have collected data and insights from surveys, polls, town halls, and virtual roundtables to assess employer hiring and relevant skills for the future. While much is uncertain about the economy and job market in the coming months and years, this presentation will identify consequences and opportunities for current students and recent graduates.

Bio: Tanja Hinterstoisser is an applied psychologist with more than 20 years of higher education experience, including roles in teaching, research, and administration. She has served as an educational consultant, executive coach, and board member for various for-profit and not-for-profit institutions around the country. Prior to joining Champlain College as the Director of Career Collaborative for Emerging Talent and Professional Alliances, Dr. Hinterstoisser served as the Associate Director and Interim Co-Director for the Suitts Center for Career Management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Dr. Hinterstoisser developed a professional focus on career-related topics in 2003 when she taught her first masters-level course in career development. Since then, she has become a national speaker and presenter and an advocate for innovative career practices in higher education. She built the first mandatory, multi-year career positioning and personal finance curriculum for undergraduate students at Champlain College. Dr. Hinterstoisser is a dual national from Munich, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is fluent in Spanish, German, and French.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 1:30 - 2:45 PM Central Time

Presenters:  Dr. Venky Venkatachalam, University of South Dakota, and Dr. Anne Balazs, University of Toledo

Session Description:
This annual MABDA competition recognizes creative and unique strategies and programs that advance the quality of higher education and the management of resources in business schools of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association. The award winners from the two tracks in this year’s Innovation in Business Education competition will present their projects at this session.    

Venky Venkatachalam is the dean at the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.  Prior to this appointment, he was associate dean and professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras, India; his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Venkatachalam also worked in industry as an engineer for four years (1983-87). Since August 2005, he was the director of the Enterprise Integration Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. At UNH, Venkatachalam received several awards and distinctions, including the 2012 UNH Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Public Service, the 2006 UNH Faculty Excellence in Research Award and the 1995 UNH Teaching Excellence Award. 

Venkatachalam is an accomplished teacher, researcher, team builder, networker, entrepreneur and innovator developing several successful academic programs, including a J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program, entrepreneurship track in the M.B.A. program, M.S. Management of Technology, accelerated one-year full-time M.B.A., online M.B.A., campus-wide minor in entrepreneurship for non-business majors and an undergraduate program in information systems. Venkatachalam has successfully completed research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Administration and the National Science Foundation. During 2009-13, he was the project director for a clean energy technology accelerator project (Green Launching Pad), funded by the Department of Energy that successfully launched 14 green startups in two years.

Anne Balazs is an expert in marketing, consumer behavior and sales force management with administrative experience in higher education and dean of The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.  Balazs is the first woman to serve as dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. Before joining the University of Toledo, Balazs served as interim dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University (EMU).  During her 10 years at EMU, Balazs held a number of roles, including interim assistant vice president and director of graduate studies, interim director of graduate studies, special assistant to the dean of the College of Business, head of the Department of Marketing, and professor of marketing.
Prior to EMU, Balazs worked at Mississippi University for Women as interim dean of the College of Business, head of the Division of Business and Communications, and associate professor of marketing. She started her teaching career at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor of marketing.  

Balazs holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, studied masters-level course work in economics at Boston University while working at Fidelity Investments, and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College. Her research has been published in the Journal of International Business, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Psychology & Marketing, and Journal of Business Research.


Category A (Pedagogical or curricular Innovation)

"Pioneering a Virtual Agency Model to professionalize experiential learning." 
Joachim Scholz, Brock University (Winner)

The Goodman School of Business launched the world’s first dedicated augmented reality (AR) marketing course for undergraduate business students in May 2020. The central component of the course is an experiential learning project in which students design an AR marketing campaign for a real-world client. One of the biggest challenges of such projects is whether or not students’ recommendations will be implemented by the brand partner. To ensure high-quality implementation, this course pioneers a virtual agency model in which students collaborate with a professional implementation partner (i.e., an AR/VR development studio) and additional course consultants. Running a course as a virtual agency empowers students to complete complex real-world projects in realistic ways because they can focus their energies and time on issues that are most related to the class concepts and that they, as well as the professor, have the greatest expertise in. The virtual agency model has several positive outcomes at the student, university and community levels, and it is applicable across a wide variety of marketing courses.

"Digital Marketing SOS Project: Teaching Students to Be Virtual Consultants in Times of Crisis"
Kathy Fredrickson from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Honorable Mention)

The Digital Marketing SOS Project is an 8-week program designed to address the digital marketing deficits of a small business. The SOS project brings the instructional expertise, client need and student personal branding together into one cohesive experience. It provides students the opportunity to identify weaknesses in digital marketing implementation, explain those deficits to their small business client in a strategic context and provide solutions in 12 measurable digital marketing areas, which includes social media and content development.

The project develops a strong presence for students on social media amongst potential employers because of the message and format includes the student, professor and the business. Every student publishes a blog post to summarize what they learned. This helps them in their personal branding on social media and positions them for employment.

A detailed rubric identifies where students delivered a recommendation in alignment with the strategy and provides the instructor with insights as to where additional attention should occur for future digital marketing students. To date, the Digital Marketing SOS program has been completed by 94 students and has helped 52 businesses.   

Category B (New ways to achieve student engagement)

"Pivoting to Change the World during the pandemic Era." 
Marina Onken, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (Winner)

By focusing upon changing the world, students are encouraged to think about the biggest problems facing the world and society.  An Innovator-in-Residence, Innovation Challenge, and innovation courses all provide interdisciplinary opportunities for all students at the university to engage in innovation.   The challenge this year is to provide those opportunities virtually with the help of faculty and the business community.  Partnerships and technology provide the perfect combination to educate and develop students to have global impact.

"Making Connections and Shaping People Online – Webinars."
Deirdre Jones from the University of Toledo. (Honorable Mention)

When it became evident that the pandemic was going to be a slower, longer burn, the Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales (ESSPS) in the College of Business & Innovation (COBI) at the University of Toledo re-imagined how they can shape people and make connections online by playing to their strengths and using their current resources.  They also recognized the anxiety expressed by students and partners/sponsors and the varied levels of corporate preparedness for establishing and cultivating meaningful relationships with students online.  The ESSPS has launched a webinar series as a small group collaboration between ESSPS Corporate Partners, UTISC Sponsors, select students, and faculty/staff to share expertise with students, alumni, and the business community.  Webinars are complimentary and run live for 30-60 minutes on Zoom and are available on-demand afterwards in their ESSPS Showcase.  Select webinars are also featured in their UTISC Showcase (national sales competition) as there is some content that is applicable to both audiences.  Preliminary measures that are direct such as emails opened, social media interactions, hits to registration and webinar pages, registrations, and attendees can help ESSPS pave the way for the real prizes of other event registrations, intern and job placements, new student inquiries, enrollment, and workshop inquiries.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dr. Nathan Grawe

Carlrton College

Dr. Nathan Grawe

Carlrton College

Dr. Venky Venkatachalam, Dean, University of
South Dakota

Dr. Anne L. Balazs
Dean, University of Toledo

MABDA Business Meeting
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM Central Time

Participation in the MABDA business meeting is open to all.  Please attend to help make MABDA even better!
Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:15 AM Central time
In today's Experience Economy, every business competes for the time, attention, and money of individual customers—students included. Competing poorly is a sure route to commoditization. Competing well means staging experiences that are robust, cohesive, personal, dramatic, and even transformative. In this interactive presentation, B. Joseph Pine II, the co-author of The Experience Economy, will demonstrate why this is so and how companies—and business schools—can engage their customers in such remarkable experiences.

Bio: B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. Mr. Pine co-founded Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.

Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore re-released their bestseller The Experience Economy in 2020. It features an all-new preview on Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money. The book demonstrates how goods and services are no longer enough; what companies must offer today are experiences—memorable events that engage each individual in an inherently personal way. It further shows that in today’s Experience Economy, companies now compete against the world for the time, attention, and money of individual customers. The Experience Economy has been published in fifteen languages and has twice been named one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800CEOread (now Porchlight).

Mr. Pine’s first book in 1993 was the award-winning Mass Customization. He also wrote, among others, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want in 2007 with his partner James H. Gilmore and Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier in 2011 with Kim C. Korn.

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Conference Welcome Remarks
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 8:45 - 9:00 AM 
Presenters:  Scott Johnson, University of Michigan – Flint and Dan Connolly, Drake University

Please join Scott Johnson and Dan Connolly as we kick off the 2020 Mid American Business Deans Association Annual Conference, welcome our distinguished guest speakers, and recognize the planning committee and sponsors who made this program possible.
Scott Johnson has served as the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint since 2013.  Dean Johnson received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  He currently serves on the Continuous Improvement Review Committee for AACSB International and is President of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association.  His research interests include word-of-mouth communication and recommendation-based decision making in the selection and evaluation of professional service providers. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Education for Business, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, The International Executive, Journal of Advertising, and The CPA Journal. He has taught MBA courses in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Athens. He has given numerous seminars in customer, client, and patient satisfaction. He had served as an expert witness in trademark dilution and has served as a marketing consultant to a variety of companies. He is an active peer reviewer for AACSB International. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Louisville. He worked in retail management prior to his academic career. He lives with his wife Mary Johnson and has four grown children.

Daniel Connolly is a professor of management and former dean at Drake University’s College of the College of Business and Public Administration in Des Moines, Iowa and a recognized global thought leader in the area of hospitality information technology.  His teaching, research, and consulting interests focus on the strategic application of information technology and electronic commerce for business advantage.  He frequently presents his work at academic and industry conferences around the world and has authored or co-authored numerous publications.  His book Technology Strategies for the Hospitality Industry is the hospitality industry’s first book on technology strategy.  Prior to joining Drake, Dr. Connolly served as dean of the School of Business Administration at Portland State University and as senior associate dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Denver.  He has served on the faculties of several major universities including the University of Denver, Michigan State University, and Virginia Tech, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in information technology, strategic management, finance, and hospitality administration.  Before joining academia, Dr. Connolly spent nearly 8 years working at Marriott International’s corporate headquarters as an information systems analyst.  In addition, he has consulted with numerous organizations in the hospitality, health care and technology sectors, taught courses around the world, and has more than 10 years of experience in hotel and restaurant operations.
How and Why We Became Addicted to Project-Based Learning
Monday, October 7, 2019 | 1:30 - 2:45 PM Central Time

Serving as ‘pushers’ of project-based learning (PBL), Steve and Kris will tease you with tastes of project work, wow you with data on its effectiveness, and share their stories of becoming addicted.  Each has an extensive history of involvement in PBL, and WPI has a 50-year tradition of PBL as a central component of its academic programs.  Come and learn why you and your students will benefit from an addition to PBL.
Kristin Wobbe is director of the Center for Project-Based Learning and of the Great Problems Seminar program. She has a long history with project-based learning, having introduced projects into her biochemistry classes early in her career as a professor over two decades ago. She has given workshops and seminars on project-based learning at conferences and several colleges and universities. Her teaching awards include the Moruzzi Prize for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, and she a co-recipient of the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education awarded by the National Academy of Engineering. She received her BA in chemistry from St. Olaf College and her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. Recent publications include Project-Based Learning in the First Year (Stylus Publishing) and articles that appear in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning and Diversity and Democracy.
Steve Taylor is a professor of leadership and creativity at the WPI Foisie Business School. His research is focused in two areas: organizational aesthetics and reflective practice. The former applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. The latter focuses on the ability to analyze our own actions and learn how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. His research has been published in academic journals including Organization Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Journal of Management Studies. Taylor is the author of the books: Leadership Craft, Leadership Art; You’re a Genius: Using Reflective Practice to Master the Craft of Leadership; and Staging organization: plays as critical commentaries on workplace life. He is also the founding editor of the journal Organizational Aesthetics. Steve is a playwright, whose plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, and the United States. He received a PhD in management from Boston College; an MA in performing arts from Emerson College; and a BS in humanities from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PowerPoint Presentation
Long term impacts of off-campus project work on student learning and development
Benefits of a project-based curriculum: Employers' perspectives

Dr. Steve Taylor
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Dr. Thomas Walstrum

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Economic Outlook for the US and Midwest
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:15 PM Central Time 
This session will review the current state of the economy for the US and Midwest using the latest available data from a range of sources. It will also include a framework for understanding how the coronavirus crisis has affected the macroeconomy and an examination of the factors that predict the size of the economic decline and recovery at the state level.  The session will conclude with a review of estimates for when the US economy will be fully recovered.

Bio: Thomas Walstrum is a senior business economist in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His responsibilities include the Seventh District's contribution to the Beige Book, the Chicago Fed Survey of Business Conditions, the Midwest Economy Index, and briefings for the Chicago Fed president on Seventh District economic conditions. He is also a contributing author to the Bank's Midwest Economy blog.  Walstrum holds a B.A. in economics from Wheaton College, Illinois, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with concentrations in labor and urban and regional economics.

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Dr. Kris Wobbe

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

B. Joseph Pine II

Author and  Co-Founder of Strategic Horizons LLP

Scott D. Johnson

Dean, University of Michigan-Flint

Dan Connolly
Dean, Drake University


Please note: All sessions are Central Time

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Bryant

AACSB’s Executive Vice President and Chief
Accreditation Officer

Suzanne Mintz

AACSB’s Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy

The Agile College: Navigating Demographic Change
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 1:30 - 2:45 PM Central Time

In this interactive session, Dr. Grawe will briefly review recent demographic trends and their implications for higher education.  Then, drawing on interviews for his recent book, he will share how proactive institutions are attacking demographic challenges through initiatives in recruitment, retention, academic programming, and consortial collaboration.  Connections will be drawn to COVID-19 and its impacts.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own observations about the changing composition of the market for higher education and how institutions might adapt to the changing environment. 
Bio: Nathan Grawe is the Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences at Carleton College where he has served on the faculty since 1999.  Nathan earned his BA from St. Olaf College and his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.  Nathan's 2018 book, Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press) examines how recent demographic shifts are likely to affect demand for higher education. In a follow-up project, The Agile College (Johns Hopkins University Press 2021), Nathan draws on interviews with higher education leaders to provide examples of how proactive institutions are grappling with demographic change.
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Deans’ Roundtable
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM Central Time

Facilitators: Dr. Diana Lawson, Grand Valley State University, and Dr. John Navin, Ohio Northern University

Session Description:

The Deans’ Roundtable session provides an opportunity to share experiences, innovations, and challenges we all face.  This year will be especially robust with the unexpected pivots and turns due to COVID-19.  We have all experienced the need to be more agile, creative, and patient.  Topics for the session will include:
  • Where do we go from here – what changes will stick?
  • Best Case/Worst Case for enrollments in B-schools considering the economic impact of COVID-19
  • As deans, what has been the biggest challenge you faced as a result of COVID-19?
  • The Silver Lining – What was the most beneficial thing you have learned from the last six months?
  • How do we prepare our students for the changing job market in the midst of this pandemic?
  • What are the new rules of professional engagement?  How has networking changed and how do we promote ourselves?
Diana Lawson is the dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.  Lawson most recently served as dean of the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and was previously interim dean at the University of Maine's College of Business, Public Policy, and Health. Respected nationally and internationally, Lawson has held positions as an invited and visiting professor and scholar at universities in France, Moldova, and Turkey as well as at Harvard University.  She is widely published on topics ranging from the value of a liberal arts education to masculinity and femininity in business negotiations and designing an international business curriculum. Lawson's research has been included in publications like the Journal of Financial Services Marketing, Marketing Education Review, International Business Review, Journal of Euromarketing, and Journal of Teaching in International Business. She is also author of a textbook, Communicating in Global Business Negotiations: A Geocentric Approach.  Lawson earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1993, an M.B.A. and Master's degree from Kent State, and a bachelor's degree from State University of New York College at Cortland.

John Navin currently serves as the Dean of the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University, a position he has held since 2016.  Prior to his role at Ohio Northern, he spent 25 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he served in various campus roles, including Dean of the School of Business.  Professor Navin earned his BSBA in economics from Bowling Green State University and his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Nathan Grawe

Dr. Diana Lawson

Dean, Grand Valley
State University

Dr. Dan Connolly
Dean, Drake University

AACSB Accreditation Update: 2020 Standards, Virtual Visits, and What’s Next
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Central Time

In this session AACSB’s Chief Accreditation Officer, Dr. Stephanie Bryant, will provide an update on the roll-out of the 2020 standards and the major differences with the new standards, our mandatory Volunteer Training program that accompanies the 2020 standards, best practices on virtual visits now and in the future, and what we are working on next.  Hint:  There’s a Falcon in it.
Stephanie Bryant is the executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for AACSB.  Bryant is a part of AACSB’s executive leadership team and provides vision, leadership, and oversight of AACSB’s accreditation-related services, including the coordination of nearly 550 volunteers from business schools and business who play an essential role in helping schools achieve their mission through accreditation. As an established thought leader, Bryant acts as spokesperson and advocate for the advancement of quality business and accounting education and engages business stakeholders to help business schools prepare future leaders with the right skills and mindset to lead in a changing, diverse, and global world.

Before joining AACSB in 2017, Bryant served as dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University. Under her leadership, the AACSB-accredited school rose to become the 34th largest college of business in the United States. During her tenure, enrollment grew by 890 students to 5,500 students, making it one of the largest colleges of business at any public university in the central Midwest. Previously, she was director of the University of South Florida’s School of Accountancy, overseeing a program of nearly 1,000 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral accounting students. With over two decades of experience as a professor and in college administration, she is a highly respected researcher and scholar. Her area of academic specialty is information technology security and control, and she has co-authored two textbooks and more than 30 academic articles. She is actively involved in civic and community activities, including Beta Alpha Psi, an honor organization for financial information students and professionals, and the American Accounting Association.

Bryant received her PhD and BS in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive).  A proven leader, innovator, and global thinker, Bryant was the 2016–17 chair of the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC), previously served as a member of the 2016–18 AACSB Board of Directors, the AACSB Committee on Accreditation Policy (CAP), and the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Task Force.
Suzanne Mintz serves as Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy, at AACSB International. In this role she is focused on achievement of strategic initiatives, which most recently included a key role in the task force that revised AACSB’s Business Accreditation Standards and processes. She is also responsible for overseeing accreditation policies and procedures, including leading the task force that secured AACSB’s achievement of ISO 9001 certification process. Suzanne also leads the team of global accreditation staff across four countries, providing leadership and guidance to staff working with  member schools. She has worked with many of the almost 900 AACSB accredited schools globally, assisting them in their quality assurance and continuous improvement objectives as they strive to earn and maintain AACSB’s seal of accreditation.

Prior to joining AACSB, Suzanne spent approximately 10 years in corporate training and development for a financial services firm, responsible for overseeing the implementation of sales and management development programs. She holds an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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