Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award
The Academy recognized John Fernandes, CEO of AACSB International, at its Spring meeting in New Orleans, 2012, through the first Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award. During the last decade, Fernandes has driven an unprecedented growth in quality, accountability, and continuous improvement in universities around the world. In recognition of his extraordinary leadership, the Academy created this award in his honor. The award, called the John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award, will be presented periodically to a Dean, Provost, President, or other senior academic leader who evidences great leadership.
If you would like to nominate a candidate for the award, please download the nomination form and instructions. Any interested party may nominate an individual, and self- nominations are acceptable. A Candidate may only win this Award once.
The first winner of the Award was recognized at the Academy meeting in Las Vegas in October, 2012, when the Academy recognized the extraordinary leadership of Dr. George Najjar. Dr. George Najjar served as Dean of the School of Business at American University of Beirut from its inception in 2000, when it was established as an independent unit with 13 faculty members. Dr. Najjar led a curriculum overhaul and introduced an entirely new curriculum for the BBA and MBA degrees in 2001. In 2003, the School was named the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, and in 2004 it launched the Executive MBA program. In 2009, the School achieved AACBS Accreditation; no mean feat for a small college in the Middle East! To date, it has graduated over 6,000 students from its undergraduate program and over 1,200 from its graduate programs, and has grown its full-time faculty to over 45. It now graduates more than 350 students from its undergraduate program and 60 from its graduate programs every year. More importantly, under Dr. Najjar’s leadership, the School has become internationally recognized as being in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Dr. Najjar became Provost of the Lebanese American University on October 1, 2012.