Continuous Improvement Review Seminar

February 6, 2018 | Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Maria BaltarMaria Baltar, AACSB International

As director, accreditation services at AACSB International, Maria Baltar oversees a portfolio of over 150 schools internationally.  Maria works closely with our global volunteer network, serves as the staff liaison to the Initial Accreditation Committee,  in addition to being the accreditation representative to schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. Maria’s career spans over 20 years and includes management experience in the hospitality and wholesale IT distribution industries. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Tampa.

Frank_GhannadianF. Frank Ghannadian, John H. Sykes College of Business, The University of Tampa

Frank Ghannadian is professor of finance and specializes in corporate,  investment and international finance. He joined the University of Tampa in July 2007 as the dean of the Sykes College of Business.  During his tenure as dean at the University of Tampa he has overseen two AACSB reaffirmations and the Sykes college has grown by 40% in enrollment and improved its ranking and national and international reputation.  He previously served as interim dean, associate dean, and professor of finance at the Stetson School of Business at Mercer University. During his 19 years tenure at Mercer, Ghannadian founded and developed the executive MBA program, initiated two new Master of Science programs and developed the School of Business speaker series.  Frank Ghannadian has consulted with major Fortune 500 companies, and has served on editorial boards of several leading academic journals.  Ghannadian’ publications have appeared in more than 40 business outlets. Currently, Ghannadian serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Business Deans, The Initial accreditation Committee (IAC) of AACSB, Advisory Board of Biz ED Magazine, Moffitt Cancer Center external Advisory Board  and is a member of the International Trade Committee for the State of Florida and the Economic Development Council of Tampa Bay. Ghannadian has also chaired and participated in many AACSB accreditation Peer Review Teams and presently is mentoring two international schools.

Suzanne MintzSuzanne Mintz, AACSB International

Suzanne Mintz serves as director of accreditation services for the Asia and Oceania regions at AACSB International, managing a portfolio of close to 150 business schools worldwide. She assists in the management of AACSB's volunteer network globally, including training, engagement and recognition strategies for AACSB's volunteers.  She has been involved in the development and implementation of myAccreditation and also serves as the staff liaison to the Continuous Improvement Review Committee. Her area of emphasis for accreditation and quality assurance-related services is the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining AACSB, Mintz spent approximately 10 years in corporate training and development for a financial services firm, responsible for overseeing the implementation of sales and management development programs. She holds an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Bob ReidRobert D. Reid, AACSB International

Robert Reid serves as the executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for AACSB International. Bob leads a global quality assurance and quality improvement team that supports business schools pursuing initial accreditation or engaged in the continuous improvement process. Prior to joining AACSB International in 2012, he served 15 years as dean of the College of Business at James Madison University. Prior to becoming dean, he served as the department head of marketing and hospitality management. While in this role, he held the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Chair. Bob has authored or co-authored five editions of Hospitality Marketing Management published by John Wiley & Sons, and was a contributing author to three other books. He earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Virginia Tech. He is a Past President of Beta Gamma Sigma and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.