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Alumnus receives AACSB's inaugural Influential Leaders Award

Gen. Terry AACSB
Lt. Gen. James L. Terry speaks to UNG's Corps of Cadets during the annual Military Awards Review in 2014, held during the university's Alumni Weekend.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, a graduate of the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB International (AACSB) Influential Leaders. AACSB serves as the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools.

Terry, commander of the U.S. Army Central and most recently commander of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve – the U.S. military intervention against ISIL, joins individuals from across 21 countries as a recipient of this award. The honorees represent more than 20 industry sectors and include 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 company.

"It is such an honor to have Lt. Gen. Terry represent the Mike Cottrell College of Business in this inaugural class of Influential Leaders," said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG. "On a daily basis, Lt. Gen. Terry does an excellent job leading when life, death and the security of our nation matters."

Terry, a native of Chatsworth, Georgia, graduated from UNG in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management and marketing, and, through UNG's Corps of Cadets, commissioned into the infantry. He has commanded at multiple levels across the Army including commanding general of the United States Army Central, commander of the V Corps prior to its inactivation in 2013, commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and deputy commander of the United States Forces Afghanistan.

Terry has received numerous awards, and in 2013, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for his leadership of Regional Command South and his support of Canadian forces in Afghanistan. As commander of the U.S. Army Central, Terry holds the same role held by Gen. George Patton during World War II.

Honorees were recognized at the AACSB's 2015 Accreditation Conference in Chicago earlier this week. Mayo and Dr. Russell Teasley, associate dean for the Mike Cottrell College of Business, attended the event. Mayo presented a session, along with Dr. Amy Hillman, dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, about how substantive change, such as consolidation, can impact a school's accreditation.

For the nominations process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework of 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 Lieutenant General James L. Terry for his contributions as an Influential leader, and to thank the Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG 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 Lt. Gen. James L. Terry – 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."

Terry will serve as one of the many speakers participating in the Honor2Lead: Military Values in Business symposium to be held on Friday, September 25. Businesses may participate by registering for a simulcast license. Alumni, faculty, staff and students of UNG may attend a simulcast event at one of UNG's five campuses.

With more than 17,000 students across five campuses, UNG is designated by the University System of Georgia as a state leadership institution and is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States.

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