Our schedule and activities include guest speakers and panel discussions on topics such as expanding faculty roles in the business community, building program brand, and attracting international students. You will find that our speakers will add value for associate degree programs as well as bacc/grad schools. This site also contains the conference agenda and other links of interest for your visit to Kansas City.

Thursday, October 16, 2014



7:00 am to 7:45 am

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

Introductions and Welcome to Kansas City
8:00 am to 8:30 am

William Venable
Assistant Professor - Marketing and Management
Park University
Region 5 Conference Committee Chair

Dr. Brad Kleindl, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business and Professor of Marketing
Park University
Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners

Steven Nichols
Management Instructor
Metropolitan Community College
ACBSP Region 5 President

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

Session I
8:30 am to 10:00 am

Rick Stilwell
"Branding and Challenges for Today's Business Program"

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Session II
10:30 am  to 12:00 noon

Panel Discussion - Deborah Toomey, Moderator
"Integrating Industry and Academe"
Robert Mayer, MR Capital;
Kurtis Ruf, Ruf Strategic Solutions;
Christine Murray, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce;
Joseph Kessinger, Capitus Group;
Christie Nanninga, Farmers Insurance Talent Acquisition;
Katie Lewis,  Recruitment Specialist Commerce Bank

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Prema Arasu, Ph.D., DVM
CEO and Vice Provost
Kansas State University - Olathe
"Higher Ed, Business Need Teamwork"

Downtown Marriott
Historic Muehlbach Hotel Lobby

Session III
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

ACBSP Update
Douglas Viehland
Executive Director/CEO
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Doug  will provide an update of recent activities within ACBSP.
Please bring your questions and comments.

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Session IV
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

Dr. Fred Snow and Michael Hernandez
"International Recruitment for Business Programs"

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

Session V
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

"Continuous Improvement in Higher Education:
Updates and New Opportunities from Peregrine Academic Services"

Downtown Marriott
The Truman Room

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm