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MSU College of Business Dean Stepping Down in December

Stephanie Bryant
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Missouri State University

The dean of Missouri State University’s College of Business will depart in December after six and half years on the job.

Stephanie Bryant has accepted the role of executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“I will dearly miss the students, faculty, athletes and coaches, MSU leadership team, friends, and community of Springfield,” Bryant said in a statement Monday. “My years as a Bear will always have a special place in my heart.

The AACSB, based in Tampa, Florida, provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more nearly 800 accredited business schools worldwide.

Bryant will provide vision, leadership, and oversight of AACSB’s accreditation-related services, including coordination of nearly 550 volunteers from business schools and business who play an essential role in helping schools achieve accreditation. She will serve on the leadership team of AACSB and act as spokesperson and advocate for the advancement of quality business and accounting education globally.

According to a news release, MSU’s College of Business became the 34th largest of its kind during Bryant’s tenure. In over six years, it added nearly 900 business students to bring enrollment over 5,500. She was also helpful in the idea, design and fundraising for the renovation and addition to Glass Hall.

“Dean Bryant’s vision and energy drove the growth and transformation of the College of Business,” noted President Clif Smart. “We wish her well as she moves on to her new position at AACSB.”

The school says Bryant also assisted in recruiting student athletes from all sports who were interested in studying business, and served on many state and local community boards.