John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award Recipient Announced

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is pleased to announce that Dr. George K. Najjar, provost of the Lebanese American University, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award presented by the Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is pleased to announce that Dr. George K. Najjar, provost of the Lebanese American University, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award presented by the Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

“I am honored that Dr. Najjar is the first recipient of this award—his proven leadership abilities and strategic vision have been invaluable to the AACSB PreAccreditation Committee and Board of Directors,” says John J. Fernandes, President and Chief Executive Officer of AACSB International.

The Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership promotes academic quality through formal recognition of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs in leadership or entrepreneurship. In spring 2012, the academy created the award to honor deans, provosts, presidents, and other senior academic leaders who evidence great leadership in the field of management education.

Dr. Jim Carland, Executive Director of the Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership, explained that the Academy named the award for John Fernandes to recognize his unmatched contribution to the quality of management education world wide. "No one has had more impact on our profession than John Fernandes," Carland said, and "we are extremely pleased to be able to recognize exceptional leadership in his name."

Dr. Najjar exhibits exceptional leadership qualities and excels in many areas including: academic planning, research management, fund-raising, innovation and institution-building, institutional and professional accreditation, and regional and international networking. Prior to joining the Lebanese American University in October 2012, Dr. Najjar was the founding dean of the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut.

"We are pleased to work with AACSB and John Fernandes, to present this award to Dr. Najjar, who is an exceptional leader and extremely meritorious. We look forward to his continued leadership in management education and to our ability to recognize future leaders of his caliber," said Carland.

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 83 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aacsb.edu

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