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Leavey School of Business Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley Selected as Chair-Elect of AACSB Board of Directors

Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business, will begin her tenure as vice chair–chair elect of the board of directors for AACSB International on July 1, 2017.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 14, 2017— Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, will begin her tenure as vice chair–chair elect of the board of directors for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International on July 1, 2017. She was elected February 8, 2017 to serve three consecutive one-year terms, as vice chair–chair elect, chair, and immediate past chair.

As part of her responsibilities, Beck-Dudley will lead the Committee on Issues in Management Education and help the organization continue to achieve its mission of advancing management education worldwide. “I have been active with AACSB for a number of years and look forward to working with my worldwide colleagues as we address the opportunities and challenges faced by business schools across the globe. As the disruption of higher education continues, providing a platform for schools to innovate and create greater impact in their teaching and scholarship missions will continue to be our primary focus,” she said.

Beck-Dudley previously served on the AACSB board from 2008–11 and 2013–16.  She also served as chair of the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee.

She began her tenure as the seventh dean of the Leavey School of Business in August 2015. A well-established scholar in employment law and the design of ethical organizations, she served as dean of two major business schools before coming to Santa Clara University. Beck-Dudley graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in political science and received her J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law. Learn more at

AACSB International is the world’s largest business education network connecting students, academia, and business to advance business education worldwide. A nonprofit membership organization run by dedicated volunteers and staff, AACSB International provides quality assurance of business school programs, the latest in business education intelligence, thought leadership, and professional development services. Learn more at

About the Leavey School of Business

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1923 and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business, MBA, and M.S. programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and others. The curriculum at all levels emphasizes the leadership role of business in creating prosperity within an ethical framework, as well as business responsibilities for social justice and sustainability in the global marketplace. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry and theology; and law and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see



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Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley in Lucas Hall, home of the Leavey School of Business.