Maria Baltar, AACSB International
Maria Baltar serves as Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Operations and Implementation at AACSB International. She oversees a portfolio of over 50 schools in Latin America and the United States. Maria works closely with our global volunteer network, serves as the staff liaison to the Initial, Accounting and Continuous Improvement Accreditation Committees. 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.
F. Frank Ghannadian, The University of Tampa, John H. Sykes College of Business
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.
Jane Lawler, AACSB International
Jane Lawler serves as senior manager, accreditation services at AACSB, managing a portfolio of approximately 175 business schools worldwide. Jane’s background includes positions in communications and higher education serving as Director of Continuing Studies at the University of Tampa for many years. She holds a M.A. in Counseling from the University of South Florida as well as an MBA from the University of Tampa.