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The IACBE appoints two new staff members.

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New Staff Members Join the IACBE

Lenexa, Kansas, USA (March 2014) – After an extensive national search, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Phyllis Okrepkie as the new Director of Accreditation and Organizational Advancement for the IACBE and Dr. Donna Ehrlich as the IACBE’s new Associate Director of Accreditation.

These appointments become effective on April 1, 2014. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Okrepkie and Dr. Ehrlich to the IACBE family.

Dr. Phyllis OkrepkieDirector of Accreditation and Organizational Advancement:  Dr. Phyllis Okrepkie

Prior to joining the IACBE, Phyllis was the Senior System Graduate Academic Dean and the Online Graduate Academic Dean at Herzing University where she was responsible for both the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing programs. Previously, Dr. Okrepkie has served as Senior Vice President of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School at National American University and has worked as an adjunct faculty member at NAU’s Colorado Springs campus. Dr. Okrepkie has worked in higher education since the early 1990’s, holding both faculty and administrative positions at Huron University and the University of Mary, and adjunct faculty positions at the University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, and Morgan Community College. In addition, Dr. Okrepkie’s experience with the IACBE has been extensive. She has served as the Secretary of the Great Lakes Regional Assembly, Vice President of the North Central Regional Assembly, has chaired IACBE site-visit teams, and has worked extensively on the IACBE accreditation process at National American University and Herzing University.

Dr. Okrepkie also possesses significant professional experience. She has been a consultant with Vanguard Consulting, Vice President of Finance for Okrepkie Enterprises and Particle Interconnect Corporation, staff accountant for Kennedy and Coe, LLC-CPA, Fiscal Analyst for the Alabama state legislature, and Financial Management Administrator for the government of Guam.

Phyllis holds a Doctor of Management from Colorado Technical University, a doctoral-level Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University, a Master of Business Administration from National University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. In addition, she is a Certified Management Accountant.

In her spare time, Phyllis practices the martial arts and holds black belts in Jujitsu and Karate.

Dr. Donna EhrlichAssociate Director of Accreditation:  Dr. Donna Ehrlich

Dr. Ehrlich has over thirteen years’ experience in higher education, six of which were in administrative roles, and she has experience with both IACBE accreditation of business programs and the accreditation of health care programs. Prior to joining the IACBE, Donna was an associate professor and dissertation advisor in the Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Leadership program at Creighton University. Previously, she served as Academic Director of Online Health Professions at Nebraska Methodist College, Dean of the School of Health Professions and Director of Business Administration and CSM Business at the College of Saint Mary, Director of the Master of Health Care Leadership in the College of Business and Technology at Friends University, and as an associate/adjunct online faculty member at Ashford University and Regis University.

Among her accomplishments include the publication of a book, journal publications, papers in conference proceedings, and numerous presentations. In addition, Donna possesses related professional experience as Business Lead/Project Manager/Senior Financial Advisor at Sprint PCS, Automation Technician with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and Branch Manager/Data Processing Manager at Nash Finch Company.

Donna holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Friends University.

About the IACBE


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Business Education Worldwide

The International Accreditation Council for 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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