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ASU Prof Named Board Chair

September 03, 2013

Dr. Karen Shumway of Angelo State University’s business faculty has been named chair of the Board of Commissioners – Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Accreditation for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

An associate professor of management and associate dean of ASU’s College of Business, Shumway recently completed a year as chair-elect of the 13-member board and will now serve a one-year term as chair followed by one year as past chair.  The Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners convenes four times a year to review application materials for ACBSP member institutions in candidacy for accreditation.  Degree programs in ASU’s College of Business are accredited by the ACBSP.

“Karen knows the accreditation process well, having successfully led Angelo State University through the process of reaffirmation of accreditation in 2009,” said Steve Parscale, ACBSP director of accreditation.  “She has a special talent for leading teams through the accreditation process and helping them overcome plateaus along the way.”

Shumway has served as a commissioner on the board since 2009.  Her appointment as chair includes service not only on the Board of Commissioners, but also on the ACBSP Board of Directors.  She previously served ACBSP as a site team evaluator, team leader and mentor.

“I am deeply committed to and passionate about excellence in higher education and educational leadership,” Shumway said.  “ACBSP’s mission, values and accreditation standards are fully aligned with my beliefs about sustainable quality in institutions of higher education.  I am excited to lead a group of commissioners who are dedicated to helping our member institutions engage in continuous quality improvements.”

Shumway is also the Mr. and Mrs. Virgil J. Powell TSCRA Professor in American Economic Principles at ASU.  In 2009, she received ACBSP’s Teaching Excellence Award for Region 6, which includes colleges and universities in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.  In 2010, she won the Region 6 Best of Regions award for her presentation on teaching business ethics.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s from the University of Chicago and her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Founded in 1988 and located in Overland Park, Kan., the ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.  The organization’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.  ACBSP was recognized in 1992 by the U.S. Department of Education and in 2012 by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a specialized accreditation agency for business education.

More information on the ACBSP is available online at

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    Dr. Karen Shumway


Dr. Karen Shumway