As executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for AACSB, Bryant is a part of AACSB’s executive leadership team and provides vision, leadership, and oversight of AACSB’s accreditation-related services, including the coordination of nearly 550 volunteers from business schools and business who play an essential role in helping schools achieve their mission through accreditation. As an established thought leader, Bryant acts as spokesperson and advocate for the advancement of quality business and accounting education and engages business stakeholders to help business schools prepare future leaders with the right skills and mindset to lead in a changing, diverse, and global world.
Before joining AACSB in 2017, Bryant served as dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University. Under her leadership, the AACSB-accredited school rose to become the 34th largest college of business in the United States. During her tenure, enrollment grew by 890 students to 5,500 students, making it one of the largest colleges of business at any public university in the central Midwest. Previously, she was director of the University of South Florida’s School of Accountancy, overseeing a program of nearly 1,000 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral accounting students. With over two decades of experience as a professor and in college administration, she is a highly respected researcher and scholar. Her area of academic specialty is information technology security and control, and she has coauthored two textbooks and more than 30 academic articles. She is actively involved in civic and community activities, including Beta Alpha Psi, an honor organization for financial information students and professionals, and the American Accounting Association.
Bryant received her PhD and BS in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive). A proven leader, innovator, and global thinker, Bryant was the 2016–17 chair of the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC), is a member of the 2016–18 AACSB Board of Directors, and has served on the AACSB Committee on Accreditation Policy (CAP) and the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Task Force.