Today, AACSB International (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, revealed that Susan DeVore, a graduate of UNC Charlotte, has been recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. DeVore's work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that UNC Charlotte graduates display around the world and every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.
DeVore is president and CEO of Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. She graduated from the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980. She is an incoming member of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees.
DeVore joins individuals such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year’s group.
For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.
“It is my honor to recognize Susan DeVore for her contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank UNC Charlotte for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill unmeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Susan DeVore—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.”
Learn more about Susan DeVore through her Faces of Belk College profile.
For the full list of recipients, visit www.aacsb.edu/Influential-Leaders.
About the Belk College of Business
The Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research business school. Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business offers outstanding business education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with executive education. With more than 3,800 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, 92 faculty members and more than 27,000 alumni, the Belk College of Business is Charlotte’s leader in business education, research, employable talent and professional development.
About AACSB International
Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.