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Sept. 14

Sept. 14, 2021


Derek Rayment
Public and Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office

MCC’s Deb Gaspard named ACBSP Board Chair

Omaha, Neb. - Deb Gaspard has assumed the office of Chair of the 2021-22 Board of Directors for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Gaspard is a Metropolitan Community College faculty member and director of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship programs at the College. She becomes the first woman of color to hold the office of Chair on the ACBSP board in its history. 

“As the first woman of color to chair the Board of Directors of ACBSP, I realize that my role has responsibilities uniquely tied to my identity. Rather than regard those as challenges, I embrace them as opportunities to represent our membership with authenticity and from perspectives less often shared within our larger society,” said Gaspard.  

Serving a one-year term, Gaspard was elected to the board at the council’s annual meeting and town hall forum this summer.  An active member since 2003, Gaspard has held roles on the Associate Degree Board of Commissioners and on the Board of Directors.  

“Professor Gaspard is a gifted educator and dedicated leader of ACBSP. To be the first woman of color installed as our Board Chair is a historic achievement and she brings an important and admired voice not only to our respected organization, but as part of our fundamental commitment to students,” said Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President/CEO. “With higher education still facing so many challenges due to the ongoing pandemic, I cannot think of a better person to lead the way during the upcoming year to promote our mission of improving management education throughout the world.”


ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at nearly 1,200 campuses in 63 countries.  

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students