AACSB International Appoints Richard E. Sorensen of Virginia Tech as Special Advisor for Emerging Economies

Capitalizing on his more than 40 years of leadership and expertise in management education, Dr. Sorensen’s role as Special Advisor will focus on understanding the current needs of business schools in emerging economies, and how AACSB can help to improve quality assurance processes in such regions.

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Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

AACSB International (AACSB) announced today the appointment of Richard E. Sorensen, retiring dean of the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, as Special Advisor to the President and CEO for Emerging Economies beginning July 1, 2013.

Capitalizing on his more than 40 years of leadership and expertise in management education, Dr. Sorensen’s role as Special Advisor will focus on understanding the current needs of business schools in emerging economies, and how AACSB can help to improve quality assurance processes in such regions. As such, Sorensen will work with member schools to identify sustainable strategies and initiatives that further develop and support high-quality education in emerging regions.

“The landscape of management education has evolved dramatically over the past ten years. To continue as successful educators, business schools in emerging economies recognize the need to implement and improve their quality assurance processes,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “Dr. Sorensen’s insight as dean and recent chair of AACSB’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality will provide AACSB with the expertise needed to help guide our member schools in emerging regions to become the academic leaders of the communities they serve.”

Upon retirement in June 2013, Dr. Sorensen will have served as dean for the Pamplin College of Business for 31 years, and prior, as dean of Appalachian State University’s John A. Walker College of Business for nine years. An active member of AACSB for many years, Sorensen served as chair of the AACSB Board of Directors, of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, and of the Doctoral Faculty Shortage Working Group. He has also served as member and chair of AACSB's Accreditation Coordinating Committee, Accreditation Quality Committee, Business Accreditation Committee, Committee on Issues in Management Education, Executive Committee, and Nominating Committee. During this time Sorensen also served as the chair of the Global Foundation for Management Education (GFME), a joint initiative that aims to identify and address challenges and opportunities in the practice of management education worldwide.

“Business schools around the globe, particularly those within emerging economies, understand all too well that they must find ways to innovate or improve so that their students meet the business world’s ever changing needs,” stated Sorensen. “I see this role as an excellent means to assist both AACSB and our member schools in emerging regions improve management education opportunities, in different ways, for students worldwide.”

A former director of Brad Ragan, Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., Sorensen chaired the company's corporate audit committee. He chaired the board of directors of Plastic Packaging Inc. of Hickory, N.C. He has been a consultant to a number of other corporations, including Schuelke Laser Services, IBM, Riegel Textile, Vermont American, and Lucent Technologies.

Appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States, Sorensen has been assigned to various government committees and task forces dealing with issues affecting the state of Virginia, including the Government Accountability Office Educators’ Advisory Panel. Sorensen served as an airborne-ranger qualified officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,350 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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