Shenandoah University earned initial accreditation of its business programs on April 12, 2007, from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and reaccreditation was earned with flying colors in 2012. Only 716 business schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation.
“AACSB accreditation is one of the major achievements of the university over the past two decades”, said former President James A. Davis. The accreditation not only speaks to the quality of the programs of study and resources at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, it has enhanced student recruitment, elevated the status of graduates and placed the business school in elite company in higher education throughout the United States, and the world.
Dr. Miles K. Davis, Dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, acknowledges the legacy passed to him by former Dean, W. Randy Boxx, who worked diligently with President Tracy Fitzsimmons to achieve reaccreditation by what is seen by most business schools as the hallmark of excellence in management and business education. AACSB represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
“For a school so small, to have achieved such distinction, signifies to all stakeholders of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business that we offer high-quality business programs, and that processes are in place to ensure continuous improvement in the future”, said Dr. Davis. “Students and alumni can be proud of being a part of a mission driven institution, adhering to a carefully formulated strategic plan that has placed us among other worldwide leaders in business education.”
“Receiving AACSB accreditation is a badge of honor not only for the business school, but for the entire university,” said President Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons. “AACSB accreditation places Shenandoah among an influential group of institutions, and it has had a positive impact on attracting high-quality students, faculty and supporters.”
Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. For more information about AACSB International, go to www.aacsb.edu/.
The mission of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business is to educate its students to become successful, principled leaders with a global perspective. The business school facility, Halpin-Harrison Hall, sits on the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Millwood Avenue in Winchester. Halpin-Harrison Hall honors the Halpin and Harrison families of Northern Virginia, Winchester and Jackson Hole, Wyo., who have supported the university for many years.