Dr. Eileen Peacock, dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Her three year term begins on July 1, 2007 and lasts through June 30, 2010. She joins 27 other board members from around the world representing academe and business.
AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in business and accounting internationally. AACSB has 1,081 member institutions in 71 countries, of which 540 have achieved accreditation. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.
The Charlton College of Business achieved AACSB accreditation in 2000. Dr. Peacock joined the college as the dean in August 2004.
"Being elected to the AACSB board of directors is an honor and a clear recognition of Dean Peacock's work for the profession as expressed by her fellow business school deans," said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack.
"This honor reflects on the strength of our business programs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth" said Dean Peacock. "Over the past two and a half years, the quality of our programs and faculty has been increasingly recognized both nationally and internationally. It has been a pleasure to manage this growth and I look forward to continuing to move the college forward on the path of excellence."
Dr. Peacock will be the only business school dean in the northeast (New England and New York) serving on the board. Her election to the board of directors is of particular note given the number of top business schools located within this region. "I look forward to serving on the AACSB board of directors and to assisting all business schools worldwide in their quest for excellence in educational programs."