Deans Conference

Leading New Imperatives and Possibilities

February 7–9, 2018 │ Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

New to the Deans Conference:

  • Speakers’ Lounge for exclusive time with conference presenters – an opportunity to talk with speakers about their session and ask questions. Each refreshment break will provide an opportunity to engage with speakers from different sessions throughout the day so be sure to stop by.

A business school dean is more than just a leader. At different times, they must become enablers, disruptors, change agents, mentors, or even business people. They are charged with the task of leading new imperatives and possibilities within their institutions.

The Deans Conference, exclusively designed for business school deans and heads of higher education business units, covers critical topics in leading and educating both your staff and the future leaders of business, as well as preparing for, adapting to, and leading change. With more than 600 business schools and thought leaders from over 50 countries attending annually, this conference is AACSB’s premier event for connecting with business school leaders, discussing today’s challenges and opportunities, and shaping the future of business education.

"As a new dean, this conference was outstanding! I learned so much from my more experienced matter how long they were on the job. Great learning experience."

—Rick Franza, Dean, Hull College of Business, Augusta University

Plenary II: Institutional Rankings

Whether you like them or not, media rankings are a fixture in the business education industry. This session is designed to provide valuable insights into business school rankings and the role they play in helping—or hindering—progress and innovation in business education. Take away new ideas about how your school can approach the rankings more strategically, while balancing the wide range of stakeholders perspectives. Sponsored by The University of San Diego School of Business

Presented by:

  • Helen Barrett, Work & Careers editor, Financial Times
  • John Byrne, Editor-in-Chief, Poets & Quants
  • Matt Symonds, Editorial Consultant, Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal Business School Rankings (read Matt's November 2017 article)

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), and AACSB Business Members.

What Others Have Said

"Interactive, enjoyable and informative. Worth attending."

—Antonis Simintiras, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait


"Great Conference ! Unique opportunity to learn from the peers and to network, see you next year."

—Thami Ghorfi, Dean, ESCA Ecole de Management, Morocco

Conference Chair

Caryn L. Beck-Dudley
Dean, Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business

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