Deans Conference

Innovations that Inspire

Working as change agents, business schools today are pioneering extraordinary ways to deliver education, create solutions for ever-evolving industry, and improve society, from local communities to the world at large.


AACSB’s Deans Conference is the premier event for shaping the future of management education, where more than 600 business school deans from 50 countries convene annually. This year’s conference will focus on Innovations That Inspire and is especially important as we redefine the way business schools create, teach, connect, and lead.

Can business schools be the leading catalysts for innovation and new business creation? Which degree programs—if any at all—will define business schools in the future? Can business schools extend their reach across age demographics, break the boundaries of traditional faculty models, and create more sustainable financial models? What vision and strategy will deans require to successfully sustain their b-school? Participants will address these and other questions in order to envision the future of business schools.

Who Should Attend

This event is exclusively for deans and heads of higher education business units (i.e., the highest academic authority or official of the entire business unit).

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Conference Chair

William H. Glick
Dean and H. Joe Nelson, III Professor of Management, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Featured Plenary Speakers


John Seely Brown, Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte's Center for the Edge and Visiting Scholar and Advisor to the Provost, University of Southern California


Sally Blount, Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Best conference of the year. I always make sure I attend this event!

—Scott Miller, Dean, School of Business, Edinboro University

The information that I receive from workshops, presentations, and discussion groups is priceless. The quality of my work and our business school has been elevated on all levels as a result of the AACSB Deans conferences that are always highly effective and beneficial. Thank you.

—Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Executive Dean for Academic Affairs, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The best AACSB Dean's Conference I have attended in years! The sessions were on point, the speakers informed and engaging and the networking sessions were worth their weight in gold. Kudos to the AACSB International team for their efforts!

—Norm Solomon, Interim Dean, Loyola University of Maryland