The group is part of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the international accrediting association represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Only 4.25% of business programs worldwide hold AACSB accreditation. Kent State University has been accredited since 1964. Plus, Kent State's College of Business Administration has the distinction to hold dual accreditation for business and accounting, an honor that only select programs have.
“I saw this as a terrific opportunity to fully engage in AACSB, gain valuable expertise, plus it’s an effective way to network with my peers.” DuBois said. “I was delighted to be selected, particularly because I’m so new to the Associate Dean’s role.”
The group was formed only five years ago; today it is one of the largest and most active AACSB affinity groups boasting more than 360 associate dean members.
The mission of the steering community is three-fold, said Susan McTiernan, Associate Dean of Business at Quinnipiac University and chair of the ADAG; the group provides a forum for networking, discussion and peer support; it identifies and provides professional career development opportunities for current AACSB associate deans; and to encourage members to propose programs and seek leadership opportunities.
“We are delighted that Cathy DuBois has accepted the invitation to join the ADAG Steering Committee this year,” McTiernan said. “We have an ambitious agenda of growth and professional development opportunities for members, and Cathy’s experience and expertise will be critical in achieving these goals.”
Currently, the ADAG is working to support its main initiatives by conducting periodic meetings at AACSB conferences, providing webinars for members, creating networking opportunities and links to professional development.
DuBois was also chosen to co-lead last week’s November AACSB Associate Deans meeting alongside associate deans from Pepperdine University and Quinnipiac University. The meeting discussed the role of the Associate Dean in creating a positive and productive culture.
For more information about the Associate Deans Affinity Group, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, visit www.aacsb.edu.
For more information about Kent State’s College of Business Administration, visit www.kent.edu/