The University of Findlay’s College of Business and Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business Administration co-hosted the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Great Lakes Council Region 4 Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., on Oct. 4-5, 2012.
Guests were welcomed with a tour of Hamburger University and a cocktail reception at the McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oakbrook, Ill., on Oct. 4. Steve Russell, senior vice-president and chief people officer of McDonald’s USA, was the keynote speaker. He discussed leadership development of McDonald’s managers and Hamburger University’s Center of Training Excellence. Notably, only graduates of Hamburger University can manage a McDonald’s restaurant, and 75 percent of managers started as crew members, working their way up to leadership positions in the company.
Approximately 60 business faculty representing 30 colleges and universities in the Great Lakes Region attended the conference. On Oct. 5, there were 18 presentations on the conference theme “Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in the Classroom.”
Findlay business faculty members were among the presenters, including Dr. Ahmed El-Zayaty, professor of accounting and finance, and Dr. Josephine Kershaw, associate professor of health care management, who presented on “Corporate Financial Reporting and Sustainable Social Well-being” and “Managerial Accounting and Corporate Responsibility.”
Dr. Patti Abels, associate professor of accounting, also was recognized as the recipient of the 2012 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award for Region 4 and International Teaching Excellence Award.
A Region 4 meeting and concurrent sessions took place during the conference. UF faculty member Josephine Kershaw is president-elect of Region 4, and Dr. Paul Sears, dean of the College of Business, is the treasurer of the national ACBSP organization.
ACBSP is an international accrediting organization. The Great Lakes Council of Region 4 represents colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian Province of Ontario. According to ACBSP, its mission is to establish, promote and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and, through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards.