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The IACBE appoints a new president and vice president.

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New Leadership Appointed for the IACBE

Lenexa, Kansas, USA (June 2011) – After an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new president and vice president of the Assembly.

These appointments became effective on July 1, 2011 upon the retirement of Dr. John L. Green, Jr., founder of the IACBE and its president for a total of eleven years.

Mr. Dennis GashPresident of the IACBE:  Mr. Dennis N. Gash

Prior to joining the IACBE, Dennis was the Dean of the Meidinger Center for Excellence in Business and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Jamestown. Previously, he has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and Aurora University. Mr. Gash taught courses in economic theory, managerial economics, game theory, international economics, global competition and strategy, global financial markets, and the Chinese economy. During his career as a professor of economics, Mr. Gash received numerous teaching awards, was elected to several honorary societies, was named to Who’s Who Among America's Teachers, and was awarded scholarships for study abroad and faculty development in international business by the U.S. Department of Education. He has published and made presentations on the global economy, has been an adjunct faculty member with the International Business Institute, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, China, and India.

Mr. Gash previously served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the IACBE, the IACBE’s Director of Mentoring Programs, and a member of the IACBE’s Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Gash holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he earned a Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences and completed all of the coursework and candidacy requirements for a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mr. Gash succeeds Dr. John L. Green, Jr., founder of the IACBE, who retired on June 30, 2011. Dr. Green served as President of the Assembly for eleven years and has been named President Emeritus by the IACBE’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Margareta Smith KnopikVice President and Chief Operations Officer of the IACBE:  Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik

Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik comes to the IACBE from the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana, where, as an associate professor in the business and technology department, she taught strategic planning, business communications, economics, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the UMW faculty, Dr. Knopik had served as division chair of professional studies at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, was the director of Peru State College’s education center at Offutt Air Force Base, served as director of a private vocational college in Omaha, and was a senior real estate investment analyst for a life insurance company in Omaha, where she was responsible for developing investment opportunities in the western United States.

She earned her BSBA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Master's of Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Her primary research interests are entrepreneurship (exploring how management within established companies can identify, retain, develop and benefit from entrepreneurial employees) and identification, development, and assessment of pedagogy that effectively merges theory and application for business administration students.

About the IACBE


Advancing Academic Quality in
Business Education Worldwide

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of presidents, chief academic officers, and business deans and chairs who wanted an accreditation process that was mission-driven and outcomes-based. The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,000 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA. For more information about the IACBE, please contact us here.

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