Initial Accreditation Committees (IAC)
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The Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) oversees the acceptance of eligibility applications, approves the initial Self-Evaluation Report (iSER), guides institutions in the implementation of the plans and oversees processes for initial business accreditation. The ultimate responsibility of the Committee is to ensure consistency of Accreditation Standards application and equity of recommendations across teams and across programs reviewed.


IAC is composed of between thirty-two and forty members, half of who serve on each of the IAC's two operating subcommittees (IAC-Y and IAC-Z). The two subcommittees are headed by a single IAC Chair with Vice Chairs appointed to each subcommittee. The subcommittees are responsible for dealing with the accreditation caseload.

Committee member assignments reflect the schools served by the Committee and consider geographical area, type of institution, and experience with accreditation. Committee members are appointed by the Vice Chair-Chair Elect (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made). Committee members may be current or former business school administrators, faculty members and corporate executives. The IAC Chair and Vice Chairs are business school administrators from AACSB accredited Organizations. Normally, committee members serve staggered three-year terms, up to a maximum of two terms. Normally, the IAC chair and vice chairs serve two consecutive one-year terms, and must be reappointed to these roles on an annual basis.


Nitham Hindi, Qatar University

IAC Y Vice Chair

Joyce Strawser, Seton Hall University

IAC Z Vice Chair

Peter Lindstrom, University of St. Gallen

IAC Y Members

Andreas Altmann, MCI Management Center Innsbruck
Raju Balakrishnan, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Barry Burgan, Bond University
Thomas Cleff, Pforzheim University
Brigitte Chanoine, ICHEC Brussels Management School
Murray Dalziel, University of Baltimore
John Delaney, American University
Frank Ghannadian, The University of Tampa
Thami Ghorfi, ESCA Ecole de Management
Mary Gowan, University of North Georgia
Ross James, University of Canterbury
Susan McTiernan, Roger Williams University
Marc Miller, Henderson State University
Lawrence Rose, California State University, San Bernardino
Mostafa Sarhan, Savannah State University
Deborah Spake, Kent State University
Igwe Udeh, Southern University at New Orleans
Kwei Tang, Purdue University

IAC Z Members

Roberto Curci, Dominican University
Thomas Froehlicher, Rennes School of Business
Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Sandeep Krishnamurthy, University of Washington Bothell
Eric Jack, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Sherif Kamel, The American University of Cairo
Diana Lawson, Grand Valley State University
Joanne Li, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Avinandan Mukherjee, Marshall University
Terry O’Neill, Bond University
Joseph Phillips, Seattle University
Barbara Ritter, Coastal Carolina University
Debra Salvucci, Stonehill College
Edward Snape, Hong Kong Baptist University
Alexander Triantis, University of Maryland
Fan Wang, Sun Yat-sen University
Ira Weiss, North Carolina State University

Staff Liaison

Maria Baltar ([email protected])