April 23, 2013
Dr. Randy Frye, dean of the School of Business at Saint Francis University, was presented with The John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education at the Annual International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education's (IACBE) Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 18. The John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education is named for Dr. John L. Green, Jr., president emeritus and founder of the IACBE, and an early pioneer in the educational outcomes process and founder of two of the three agencies approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit business schools in the United States.
The award honors individuals who make significant contributions that advance the cause of academic quality in business education in a manner consistent with the IACBE's "Characteristics of Excellence in Business Education." The recipient of the award must be a member of the IACBE community and is chosen based on his/her contributions to excellence in business education. This is the most prestigious annual award given by the Association and it can only be earned once.
Dr. Frye is only the eighth IACBE member to receive this award. It reflects both his work at Saint Francis University in furthering collegiate business education as well as with the IACBE as a member of the board of directors, a frequent presenter at annual conferences, and a chair of numerous self-study/site review teams reviewing collegiate business programs for accreditation. Dr. Frye gave a brief acceptance speech to the 300+ people attending the annual awards dinner held at the Caribe Royale Resort. Dr. Frye remarked, “I am humbled by the receipt of this award by peers from around the world in my professional field. I would like to thank the faculty, staff and administration at Saint Francis for giving me the opportunity to teach and lead. Without their support and dedication, this award would never have been possible. Our business school has an excellent reputation, for without it, I would have never been considered for this award. This is my 25th year as either the chair or dean of the School of Business, so it is a nice Silver Anniversary award and it is such an honor and a privilege to receive this award.”
Dr. Randy Frye has been a member of the IACBE board of directors for six years during two different periods of service. He has made numerous professional presentations at its conferences and training institutes, and either chaired or served on an accreditation review site teams for approximately a dozen colleges across seven states. He currently trains business program accreditation self-study/site reviewers for the IACBE.
The IACBE is a leading outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. The IACBE exists to promote, develop, and recognize excellence in business education. The organization 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 not driven by prescriptive standards relating to inputs and resources, but was mission-driven and outcomes-based. At that time, the majority of the four-year colleges and universities in the United States that offered degrees in business were not recognized, and could not become recognized, by the existing business accrediting bodies. Similarly, hundreds of institutions of higher education located outside of the United States were unable to obtain specialized accreditation for their business programs.
Since that time, the IACBE has grown into a leading professional accreditation body for colleges and universities whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning, with approximately 230 institutional members and 800 accredited programs in the United States and throughout the world. In January 2011, the IACBE achieved a significant milestone when the board of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) granted recognition to the IACBE.
The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide that grant bachelor and/or graduate degrees. The IACBE does not accredit business programs of institutions of higher education that offer only associate degrees in business.