AACSB International (AACSB) has announced that Tim Mescon, executive vice president and chief officer of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, is retiring on December 31, 2022.
Mescon has been part of AACSB since January 2015, when he helped establish and open the AACSB EMEA office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
"It has been an honour to support AACSB's mission and vision in EMEA—and globally—and to serve the members of our business education community," said Mescon. "I truly believe that business education will create a positive impact in society. I look forward to AACSB's continued growth and impact around the world."
Over the past eight years, Mescon expanded AACSB's visibility and impact in EMEA as he passionately promoted the value of business education and AACSB accreditation through thought leadership, spokesperson interviews, and advisory roles. Under his leadership in the region, the number of AACSB-accredited schools doubled to 189; membership grew by nearly 60%, to 542; and learning and development offerings grew from six to nearly 40 events annually.
In 2016, Mescon launched the Global Improvement Network to support and guide business schools in Africa as they worked to cultivate local leaders for emerging countries. Mescon, with his EMEA colleagues, served as a liaison with governments to establish cooperative agreements with the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation, the Council of Higher Education in Turkey, and the Association of Arab Universities, among others. During his tenure, Mescon released his fifth book, a co-edited work titled Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Learning Post-Covid-19: The Crucial Role of International Accreditation. Mescon was named a fellow of the Chartered Association of Business Schools in the UK.
Force for good
"I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tim for many years, before either of us worked together at AACSB," said Caryn Beck-Dudley, president and CEO of AACSB. "Throughout that time, I've seen him dedicate his life to making business education a force for good, not only through his academic and advisory roles, but through his leadership and commitment to AACSB. His outreach efforts to schools, businesses, and governments have helped shape the future of business education in EMEA."
Ron Tuninga was recently named AACSB's vice president and managing director of EMEA and began his role on November 15. An innovative leader with global experience in the public and private higher education sectors, Tuninga will build on the foundational work Mescon has achieved in the region.-- TradeArabia News Service