Sanjay Gupta, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College of Business, was elected to the AACSB board of directors this month. On July 1, Gupta will begin a three-year term alongside 30 others, including peer deans from business schools like those at Texas A&M, Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as higher education and business leaders from around the world.

Dean Sanjay Gupta poses inside the atrium of the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at the Brand College of Business

Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean Sanjay Gupta

“Business education, and higher education in general, is undergoing very significant changes from a whole host of dimensions, including changing preferences of the student body in how, when, where and what they want to learn; changing expectations of employers in the knowledge, skills and preparation they expect in our graduates; and the continuing reductions in state funding of higher education,” Gupta said.

“The election to AACSB’s board is particularly meaningful at this time because it provides me an opportunity to have a seat at the table where discussions are taking place on these pivotal topics, inform those discussions from the lens of a large, land-grant public university and learn from other institutions’ experiences and innovations — and to bring those lessons learned back here to Michigan State University.”

AACSB’s board brings together both academic and business leaders who work to advance business education and enrich the next generation of leaders. The group ultimately supports AACSB’s mission to “foster engagement, accelerate innovation and amplify impact in business education worldwide.”

For Gupta, these standards have been the guiding force for much of the goals and activities outlined in the Broad College’s strategic plan.

“AACSB’s accrediting standards, focused on engagement, innovation and impact, offer a lens through which we can think about all of the work that we do at the university, whether that applies to teaching and learning, research and scholarship or outreach and engagement,” Gupta said. “It has been incredibly powerful to fulfill our academic purpose through this higher order of thinking.”

AACSB is the world’s largest business education alliance, working to transform business education for global prosperity. The Broad College is one of more than 900 institutions across 58 countries that hold AACSB accreditation, a hallmark of excellence signifying the highest standards in business education.

Prior to this role, Gupta has served on AACSB’s Innovation Committee and Accounting Accreditation Committee and on AACSB accreditation review teams for many business schools across the United States and internationally.