Bonus Speakers 2016 - Higher Education Institution Conference 2017

Bonus Speakers 2016

Thomas R. Robinson

RobinsonPresident and CEO of AACSB International

Thomas (Tom) Robinson is president and CEO of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He works alongside the organization’s board and global network of staff, members, and volunteers to bridge AACSB’s current and future visioning initiatives. Such initiatives will build upon the strengths of the present, examining AACSB’s role in shaping the future of business and business schools. Prior to joining AACSB in March 2015, Robinson served as Managing Director of the Americas at CFA Institute. There he led a cross-functional team which participated in the development of education and engagement strategies for the Americas Region. He also provided vision and leadership for a global team which produced and delivered educational content and programs for candidates, members, investment professionals, and universities. Previously, Robinson served as a tenured faculty member and director of the Master of Professional Accounting and Personal Financial Planning programs at the University of Miami.

Robinson is a CFA charterholder, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's and doctorate from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Timothy S. Mescon

MesconSenior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International

Timothy S. Mescon, Ph.D. is senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for AACSB International. In this capacity, Mescon and his team currently support over 350 members and 100 accredited schools throughout EMEA. Prior to this appointment he served since 2008 as president of Columbus State University in Georgia. Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development 2nd edition (M.E. Sharpe/ Routledge) released in 2014. Dr. Mescon received his Ph.D. from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and B.A. from Tulane University.