Dean Jan Williams Chairs Premier Business School Accreditation Group

Dean Jan WilliamsJan R. Williams, dean of the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, has begun a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB International is an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 78 countries and territories. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. For more about the association, visit  

Elected to the AACSB board in 2004 as a member and as vice chair-chair elect in 2010, Williams’s volunteer work with the association includes participation on numerous committees and task forces, including the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, the Special Committee on Global Accreditation Quality, the Impact of Research Task Force, and the Committee on Issues in Management Education.

In addition, Williams has played an active role in the AACSB accreditation process by serving as chair or as a member of several peer review teams and accreditation committees. He is a prominent speaker and has presented at more than twenty AACSB conferences and seminars around the world. As AACSB chair, Williams succeeds Andrew Policano, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Williams has been dean of UT’s College of Business Administration since 1999, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair since 2008, and a UT faculty member since 1977. He also has been an associate dean of the college and head of its Department of Accounting and Information Management. Williams has co-authored three books and published over 70 articles and publications on issues of corporate financial reporting and accounting education. He has been extensively involved in professional accounting and business organizations; he served as president of the American Accounting Association in 1999-2000, and has been actively involved in Beta Alpha Psi, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs.
Williams is a CPA in Tennessee and Arkansas.  He received a bachelor’s degree from George Peabody College, an MBA from Baylor University, and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He previously served on the faculties at the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University.

In addition to Williams, 29 other prominent management education professionals from business schools around the world will serve on the AACSB board for 2011-2012.

“We congratulate our new and returning board members,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International.  “AACSB will benefit from the significant wisdom, experience, and leadership that these individuals bring to the board. We look forward to their many contributions in the year ahead.”

Joseph A. DiAngelo, Saint Joseph’s University (USA) as vice chair-chair elect
W. Randy Box, Shenandoah University (USA) as secretary-treasurer
John J. Fernandes, AACSB International (USA) as president and chief executive officer

Board members with terms expiring 2012:
Fernando D’Alessio, CENTRUM Católica (Peru)
Linda R. Garceau, East Tennessee State University (USA)
Ellen J. Glazerman, Ernst & Young LLP (USA)
Jaime A. Gomez, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Thierry Grange, Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
Finn Junge-Jensen, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
Linda A. Livingstone, Pepperdine University (USA)
Michel Patry, HEC Montréal (Canada)
Andrew J. Policano, University of California, Irvine (USA) as immediate past chair
Robert S. Sullivan, University of California, San Diego (USA)
John E. Williams, Morehouse College (USA)

Board members with terms expiring 2013:
Timothy Brailsford, The University of Queensland (Australia)
Geralyn McClure Franklin, University of Dallas (USA)
William H. Glick, Rice University (USA)
Christopher P. Puto, University of St. Thomas—Minnesota (USA)
Yingyi Qian, Tsinghua University (China)
Robert D. Reid, James Madison University (USA)
Lynne D. Richardson, University of Mary Washington (USA)
Mark A. Zupan, University of Rochester (USA)

Board members with terms expiring 2014:
William A. Dempsey, Kutztown University (USA)
Susan Hart, University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Craig M McAllaster, Rollins College (USA)
Patrick Molle, EMLYON (France)
Michael J. Page, Bentley University (USA)
David G. Payne, Educational Testing Service (USA)
Robert T. Sumichrast, The University of Georgia (USA)

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