Northeast Business Deans Association 2014 Conference
Sept. 18-19, 2014

Hosted by the Providence College School of Business and the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University

Join Us

This year’s conference will be held at the seaside Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina in the heart of historic Newport, RI. The conference agenda incorporates important AACSB updates, networking opportunities, and plenary sessions on a range of topics, allowing participants to customize their experience. We hope you’ll join us!


Special thanks to the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University, the Providence College School of Business, and the Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for hosting and organizing this year’s event.






Registrations for the conference will be accepted through Thursday, Sept. 4. No cancellations or refunds will be processed after this date; however, attendee substitutions will be permitted.




Thursday, Sept. 18

Time Session
7:30 am AACSB Training Check-In & Continental Breakfast (Invitation Only)
8:00 am AACSB Deans’ Training (Invitation Only)

For questions and/or registration information, please contact Barb Higel at or 813-769-6526.

11:30 am Conference Registration
12:00 pm Buffet Lunch
1:30 pm Plenary Session: Strategy vs. Branding

Lynne Eickholt, chief strategy officer for Partners Health Care System (Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General hospitals), will discuss the relationship of branding and strategy for the largest health care organization in New England. She will address implications for universities and business schools. Following her presentation, Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the Providence College School of Business, will facilitate a discussion with Lynne; Donald Gibson, dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University; David Martin, dean of the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University; and the audience.

2:45 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Undergraduate Programs & Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs: Scott Moore, dean of the Undergraduate School at Babson College, will facilitate a session on communicating with and building a community across all undergraduate students, with a focus on social media and beyond.

Graduate Programs: This session, titled “Will Technology Lead to the Demise of the MBA as We Know It?”, will address the changing climate of graduate business programs with a focus on the use of technology. Panelists include Elmore Alexander, dean of the Louis Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University; J. Bart Morrison, assistant provost at Assumption College; Marty Roth, dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford; and Jacqueline Elcik, assistant dean of the Providence College School of Business.

4:30 pm Plenary Session: Beta Gamma Sigma Update

Janice Holt, manager of BGS Collegiate Relations, will explain some of the new BGS 2.0 guidelines, suggest the Student Leadership Forum as a way to inspire chapter student leaders, and recognize 2013-14 Premier and Exemplary Chapters.

5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Networking Reception
6:15 pm Dinner


Friday, Sept. 19

Time Session
7:00 am NEBDA Conference Registration (Second-Day-Only Registrants) & Buffet Breakfast
8:00 am NEBDA Constitution Review and Vote (AACSB Deans Only)
8:30 am Plenary Session: AACSB New Standards Overview

Christine Clements, senior vice president of Accreditation and Member Services for AACSB International, will discuss the newly adopted accreditation standards, emphasizing the differences between the new and old standards.

9:30 am Plenary Session: AACSB New Standards Implementation

A group of deans who are preparing for reaffirmation visits during the 2015 academic year will participate on a panel to discuss how they see the new standards being implemented in the accreditation process. The panel will be chaired by Angappa Gunasekaran of University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and will include Matthew O’Connor, dean and Professor of Finance in Quinnipiac University, and Roy Wiggins, Dean of Business at the McCallum Graduaduate Shcool at Bentley University.

10:45 am Plenary Session: Society for Advancement of Management

George Stevens, dean emeritus and professor of management at Kent State University, will present a variety of opportunities available through the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) and SAM Advanced Management Journal.

11:00 am Coffee Break
11:15 am Concurrent Sessions: Development & Internships

Development: Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the Providence College School of Business, and Arnold Garron, interim dean of the Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, will co-facilitate a session featuring representatives from the advancement offices of their respective institutions on development practices from decentralized and centralized perspectives. William O’Neil, director of Major Gifts for Providence College, and Brenda Holt- Mullaney, associate director of Athletics Development at the University of New Hampshire, will participate on the panel.

Internships: Catherine Usoff, dean of the Graduate School of Management at Clark University, will lead a panel of career services professionals in a discussion on the changing landscape of internships for undergraduate and graduate business students. Likely topics include paid vs. unpaid internships, internships for international students and international internships, and new models for credit-bearing internships. Panelists include Diane Bell, director of the Bridgewater State University Internship Program Office; Judith Clare, director of the Bryant University Amica Center for Career Education; and Kimberly DelGizzo, director of the Boston University Center for Career Development.


The 2014 NEBDA Conference preferred hotel is the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina:


Newport Harbor Hotel
49 America’s Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
T: 401-847-9000


To book your room, please use one of the following methods:

  • Online: Use attendee code “NEBDA2014” when booking your room at
  • Telephone Option: Call 800-955-2558 or 401-847-9000, and mention the “NEBDA 2014” room block when booking.

Other questions?

Call Caitlin Saniga of the Providence College School of Business at 401-865-1821



Explore Newport


While in Newport, we encourage you to explore the historic city first-hand.
Here are some resources to help you plan your trip.