Business Executives Prepare for Careers in Academe

2018 AACSB Bridge Program Graduates

Tampa, Fla., USA (July 18, 2018)AACSB International (AACSB) is pleased to announce the graduates of the 2018 Bridge Program. Developed by AACSB in 2006 as a way to prepare industry experts for a career in academe, the AACSB Bridge Program is an intensive five-day workshop that gives business executives an inside look into the business school classroom. Through the program, executives explore teaching techniques, course planning, simulations, and more. The 2018 Bridge Program took place June 24–29, 2018, at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

The 2018 Bridge Program graduates bring significant experience from a variety of fields, including banking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, hospitality, and healthcare:

Jane Adams, Lisa Blevins, Warren Burger, Christopher Carraway, Saul Curtis, Marc de Swaan Arons, Yolanda Deaver, J. Martin Fiscus, D. Oscar Groomes, Brian Hamm, Carlos Hernandez, Christopher Jackson, David Kaiser, Brian Langenberg, Lynn McGee, Tom Mullen, Michael Murphy, Christian Naumann, Marc Neri, Kaitlin Newkirk, Matthew Orlowsky, Paul Reffner, Mary Scott, Kunal Shah, Beatrice Stryker, Ann Tasby, and Lynne Wines

“The relationship between academe and practice provides incredible opportunities for business schools, and the experience and insight that the 2018 Bridge Program graduates will bring into the classroom will enhance those opportunities even further,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “We commend each graduate for their commitment to business education and recognize the important role they will take in educating great leaders.”

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be actively participating in their field of interest, have five to seven years of extensive industry experience, and have a master’s degree or its equivalent. Individuals are carefully selected to ensure they will have a powerful impact in the classroom and meet the requirements as an instructional practitioner at an AACSB-accredited institution.

Since its inception, more than 450 executives worldwide have successfully completed the program—from small business owners and entrepreneurs to individuals from corporations including Booz Allen Hamilton, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobile Corporation, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, Marathon Petroleum, NBC Universal, PwC, TruGreen, TIAA, and Time Warner Inc. Many of these executives now serve as valued faculty members at business schools throughout the world.

For more information on the recent graduates, please visit the AACSB Bridge Program section of the AACSB website.

About AACSB International

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to more than 1,600 member organizations and over 800 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore. For more information, visit