OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org has announced that Jeffrey Alderman has been appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective February 2, 2015. Alderman succeeds Douglas Viehland, who held the position since 2003.
Alderman brings a wealth of association experience and business acumen to his new post. His responsibilities will include working alongside the Board and a global network of members, volunteers, and staff as ACBSP continues to position itself as a leader of specialized accreditation for business education programs throughout the world.
"We are honored to have Mr. Alderman as our new Executive Director and CEO," said Dr. Anthony Negbenebor, Dean of the Godbold School of Business and Dover Endowed Chair of Business at Gardner-Webb University, and 2014-15 ACBSP President. "He is astute and a team player and brings with him association experience that is unsurpassed. He is a true 'community bridge builder' and a strong family man. He is passionate about education and its impact on life entrepreneurship. I look forward to his strong leadership in taking ACBSP to new heights."
Prior to joining ACBSP, Alderman served as vice president of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce overseeing business development for the Chamber by working with small to large scale businesses on consulting, branding, and marketing initiatives. A sampling of member companies includes General Motors, Kansas Speedway, Sporting Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Medical Center.
In addition to his work at the Chamber, Alderman previously served eight years as executive director of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA), a 7,200-member statewide voluntary organization of lawyers, judges, and law students. At the KBA, the organization achieved numerous milestones including record membership and a dramatic expansion of its endowment. He worked closely with the Kansas Supreme Court on various issues facing the legal profession as well as administered the Court's Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, which has granted millions of dollars to worthy charities.
Alderman also served as executive director of the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association from 1998-2004 and was assistant executive director of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association from 1990-1998. He was vice president for Visit Topeka, Inc. (VTI), a destination marketing organization where he led efforts to secure more than $60M in economic impact for the city in his two-year tenure. While at VTI, Jeffrey worked with numerous groups including sports governing bodies such as the NCAA, NAIA, and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
"I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity to work alongside such an esteemed and well respected organization," said Alderman. "We believe that we are providing the best possible accreditation process in the world and we look to grow ACBSP while maintaining the highest standards that have become our hallmark."
Alderman received his bachelor's degree in written communications and economics from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. He has held leadership positions in various professional and charitable organizations including serving as president of the Lawrence (KS) affiliate of Habitat for Humanity where he helped lead the largest funding project in its history to construct an entire neighborhood of homes.
ACBSP's mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels. 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
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