Plenary I: The Importance of Impact
Bela Musits, The Reh Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practice, The David D. Reh School of Business, Clarkson University
Bela L. Musits holds the Reh Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practice at Clarkson University. Prior to assuming his current position at Clarkson, he served as interim president of Union Graduate College with prior responsibilities as vice president of academic programs and dean of the School of Management. Before joining UGC, Bela was a founder and managing director of High Peaks Venture Partners now known as Primary Ventures. Bela continues as a venture partner at Primary, where he is focused on seed-stage investing. Prior to High Peaks, Bela was the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Incubator Program where he was responsible for guiding this internationally recognized incubator program focused on identifying, creating, and growing new technology ventures and commercialize university-developed technology. Bela is experienced in new business creation, technology commercialization & licensing, business turnarounds, raising capital, and strategic business planning. He is the founder of two venture-backed companies and has held senior management and technical positions at the corporate research labs of IBM and GE. Bela graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning bachelor and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and an MBA. He also holds numerous U.S. patents and has published over 25 technical and business articles.
Bela co-developed the AACSB Impact Forum and is also an AACSB Impact Forum facilitator. He helps those responsible for managing impact develop strategies for overcoming challenges related to defining, measuring and demonstrating impact. Through the lens of your school’s unique mission and community of stakeholders, Bela helps faculty and administrators understand the processes that lead to effectively “telling your school’s story.”
Plenary II: Assessment and Impact: Lessons Learned
Suzanne Mintz, AACSB International (Plenary Moderator)
Suzanne Mintz serves as senior director of accreditation services for the United States region at AACSB International, managing a portfolio of approximately 100 business schools. 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. 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.
Sverre Jacob Gundersen, BI Norwegian Business School
Sverre Gundersen is the Head of Accreditation & Rankings at BI Norwegian Business School since 2009. He has an executive master degree from BI and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oslo. Before joining BI he was an employee at the University of Oslo for 18 years, working on accreditation issues within the field of Dentistry. He was co-author on two articles on the subject. Since 2009 he has taken BI through two EQUIS re-accreditations, initial AMBA accreditation, initial AACSB accreditation and two national audits. He is also responsible for rankings. Gundersen is co-facilitator for AACSB´s Impact Forum in Europe.
Terri Herron, University of Montana
Terri Herron, PhD, CPA is director of the master of accountancy program and professor of accounting at the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. Dr. Herron joined Montana in 1996. Before serving as MAcct director, she was associate dean for four years and department chair for seven years. She is a co-facilitator for AACSB’s Impact Forum and previously served on a peer review team for an accounting visit. Dr. Herron received UM’s 2011 Academic Administrator Award and the Montana Society of CPA’s 2002 Jack J. Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. She gained professional experience as an audit manager with KPMG in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her BBA from Baylor University and her MS and PhD from University of Texas at Arlington and has held an active CPA license for 30 years. Her research areas include auditor judgement, accounting ethics, and regulation of the accounting profession.