TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 5, 2014 / PRNewswire — AACSB International (AACSB) announces the appointment of Timothy S. Mescon, Ph.D., as the first Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mescon, who currently serves as the president of Columbus State University, will assume his role with AACSB beginning in January 2015.
As senior vice president and chief officer, Dr. Mescon will guide the association’s efforts within Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will direct a new AACSB headquarters based out of the Netherlands. In support of AACSB’s mission to advance quality management education worldwide, Mescon will help to facilitate the development of a stronger mentorship program focused on providing a solid foundation for schools within emerging and transitional economies.
“Collectively, Europe, the Middle East and Africa host more than 3,700 institutions that offer business degrees,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “As a global leader in management education, it is time for AACSB to step forward and provide a greater level of guidance and support.”
“Tim’s notable 36 years in academia, his extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member and chair, service on numerous committees, and celebrated accomplishments in the entrepreneurship field will provide the necessary expertise needed to advance innovation and excellence in business schools across the entire EMEA region,” continued Fernandes.
Mescon became Columbus State University’s fourth president in August 2008. Previously, he was dean for 18 years at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, and founding dean of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in Maryland. He also served on the faculties of Arizona State University and the University of Miami, and as a visiting lecturer at universities in England, China and Israel.
Mescon is the co-author of four books, and has published more than 200 articles and case studies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. from Tulane University.
About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and organizations in 89 countries and territories. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the leading accreditation body for institutions offering degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs throughout the world. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA, its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore, and its European, Middle Eastern and Africa headquarters will be located in the Netherlands.