Business Accreditation Seminar

October 22-23, 2019 | Tampa, Florida, USA


Rachel Dixon-ZudarRachel Dixon-Zudar, AACSB International

Rachel Dixon-Zudar serves as manager, accreditation services at AACSB International, managing a portfolio of approximately 180 business schools throughout the United States. Rachel’s background includes positions in marketing as well as previously working in the conferences department of AACSB. She holds an MBA in Strategy from The University of Alabama.



Frank_GhannadianF. 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.

Barb HigelBarb Higel, AACSB International

Barb Higel serves as an Accreditation Services Manager for AACSB International and is the staff liaison for 175 schools in the U.S. As manager, she is responsible for assisting schools and volunteers with the accreditation standards and processes for initial accreditation and continuous improvement reviews.   Prior to joining AACSB in 2013, Barb worked in the University of South Florida system for almost nine years.  While at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, she worked in the College of Business for five years in various roles including handling details for AACSB accreditation such as the BSQ/APQ and visit documents.  She holds a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Eastern Michigan University and a M.A. in Career Counseling from the University of South Florida.


Jane LawlerJane 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.