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KNOXVILLE—Jan R. Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has begun a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB International is an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in seventy-eight countries and territories. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. For more about the association, see

Elected to the AACSB board in 2004 as a member and as vice chair/chair elect in 2010, Williams’s volunteer work with the association includes participation on numerous committees and task forces, including the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, the Special Committee on Global Accreditation Quality, the Impact of Research Task Force, and the Committee on Issues in Management Education.

In addition, Williams has played an active role in the AACSB accreditation process by serving as chair or a member of several peer review teams and accreditation committees. He is a prominent speaker and has presented at more than twenty AACSB conferences and seminars around the world. As AACSB chair, Williams succeeds Andrew Policano, dean of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Williams has been dean of UT’s College of Business Administration since 1999, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair since 2008, and a UT faculty member since 1977. He also has been an associate dean of the college and head of its Department of Accounting and Information Management.

Williams has co-authored three books and published more than seventy articles and publications on issues of corporate financial reporting and accounting education. He has been extensively involved in professional accounting and business organizations; he served as president of the American Accounting Association in 1999 and 2000 and has been actively involved in Beta Alpha Psi, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs.

Williams is a CPA in Tennessee and Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree from George Peabody College, an MBA from Baylor University, and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He previously served on the faculties at the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University.

In addition to Williams, twenty-nine other prominent management education professionals from business schools around the world will serve on the AACSB board for 2011–2012.

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