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The business programs at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have been granted accreditation by the board of commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. It is the first time these programs have earned this distinction.

“Receiving IACBE accreditation is an important recognition for the business programs at our university,” said Daniel Kempton, university vice president for academic affairs. “The business faculty comprise dedicated academics and professionals who are committed to providing real-world business education illuminated by Catholic social thought. I congratulate all our business faculty and related support staff for their contributions on this notable achievement.”

The university’s department of accounting, business and economics offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, with undergraduate majors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing, along with a graduate MBA degree.

The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

NAMED TO BOARD: Leo Gerard, former international president at United Steelworkers, has been named to its board of directors of Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health.

As international president, Gerard was instrumental in the founding of the Industrial Global Union, a federation that includes more than 50 million workers in 140 countries. In 2013, Gerard was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee and continues to work with the current administration to advance the interests of USW members.

A co-founder of the Blue Green Alliance, Gerard also serves on the boards of the Campaign for America’s Future, the Economic Policy Institute and the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corp., as well as serving as a member of the labor advisory board at Wayne State University in Detroit. He also chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

“Leo has spent his lifetime fighting to preserve and create safe, union-wage jobs for USW members and their families through policy, advocacy, and collaboration,” stated Joseph Guyaux, chairman of the Highmark board. “Leo brings to the board that same level of dedication, passion and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region, and we are grateful to have him join us in our journey to transform health care.”

From staff reports