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.
Suzanne Mintz, AACSB International
Suzanne Mintz serves as Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy at AACSB International. In addition to managing a portfolio of business schools worldwide, she is responsible for co-leading the daily management of the Accreditation Services department. She oversees the management of AACSB’s volunteer network globally, including training, engagement and recognition strategies for AACSB’s volunteers. She assists in leading strategic initiatives in the Accreditation Services department and liaises with the Business Accreditation and Accounting Accreditation Policy Committees.
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.
Mo Sarhan served as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Accounting at Savannah State University for 20 years. He retired on June 1, 2019, but continues to be involved in business education issues particularly international accreditation. Prior to joining Savannah State University in 1998, he served as Chair of the G.W. Daverio School of Accountancy at the University of Akron. He earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from University of Arkansas and he is a Certified Management Accountant. He worked in public accounting and in industry prior to receiving his doctorate. Sarhan has published numerous articles in academic and practitioner journals and presented his research at academic conferences. He had worked with several companies in manufacturing, service, retailing, and healthcare. His work focused on cost management and activity-based costing system design and implementation. A firm advocate of professional and community service, Sarhan has served on boards of directors and held leadership positions in numerous professional and academic organizations throughout his career.