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Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan Elected Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB International

Robert S. Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, has been elected vice chair-chair elect of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB is the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. Their mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, leadership and value-added services.

Recognized by San Diego business leaders as “the architect of a new type of business school,” Dean Sullivan has created a unique MBA program focused on developing leaders who serve the distinct needs of the San Diego business community and transform existing and emerging industries that drive San Diego’s regional economy.

“Two words, innovation and impact, apply as much to Dean Sullivan's leadership in management education as to his vision at the Rady School," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. "Both will be essential as business schools worldwide continue to foster positive change and development in business and society in an ever-evolving educational environment."

Dean Sullivan joined the Rady School in 2003 as its founding dean and has been deeply involved in the San Diego business community during his tenure. He serves on the UC San Diego Technology Transfer Advisory Committee, is a member of the CONNECT Association Board of Directors and is a BIOCOM board member.

“I am honored to be elected as vice chair–chair elect of AACSB International,” said Dean Sullivan. “This unique opportunity will allow me to share the positive impact of the collaborations between the Rady School and the San Diego-area business community with business education leaders around the world.”

Dean Sullivan will begin serving his term in July of 2012. The vice-chair serves one year, moves into the chair’s role for one year and ends with a one-year term as immediate past chair. AACSB International is regarded as the hallmark of excellence in management education with 1,200 members in 70 countries across the globe. Members range from educational institutions offering business programs to corporate, nonprofit and public sector organizations that desire to connect with or support business education worldwide.