Strategic Planning During Challenging Times. Successful Fundraising for Deans. Leading and Sustaining Accreditation. What Makes an Effective Dean? These topics and more were addressed last week at the ACBSP Deans Symposium in Chicago. Approximately 120 deans, aspiring deans, and chairs came to share best practices and learn innovative ways of tackling their most challenging situations.

“The core values of the institution drive who we are as a business school, but it is also important to know what students want.” — Mary Vaughan, Dean, Seneca Business, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technologies

Two dynamic keynotes inspired attendees with tips they learned as former deans. “There is nothing more distracting than indecision,” said Benjamin Ola Akande, Ph.D., President of BOA Consulting and former President of Westminster College, in his keynote address titled, “Adding Value to Business Education.” Ken Tucker, Ph.D., President, University of West Alabama, shared ways in which deans should leverage stakeholders for successful fundraising.

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“Student recruitment strategies are changing & emerging, the ACBSP brand allows b-schools to leverage its value prop,” — Dr. Tilokie Depoo, CAO & Dean – School of Business at Metropolitan College of New York

For the second year, the ACBSP Deans Symposium has brought together a group of colleagues anxious to learn from keynote speakers, panelists, session presenters, and one another, ways to improve themselves and to enhance the value of the business education they offer their students.

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Thank you for attending! We’ll see you next year. In the meantime, keep the conversation going on Twitter using the hashtag #ACBSPdeans.

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