Professor Diane Riegal Honored with ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award

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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),, proudly announces that Diane Riegal, an associate professor at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., (, has received the 2015 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award.

The announcement was made at a “Salute to Regions Luncheon” held recently at the ACBSP Conference 2015 in Philadelphia. As the Associate Degree 2015 Teaching Excellence Award recipient for ACBSP Region 1, Riegal was honored with other regional recipients, each of whom received a medallion and a $100 check. From that group, two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients were announced, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. Riegal received the International Award, representing associate degree institutions, and was presented with an engraved plaque and a $500 check. Dr. Perry Glen Moore from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., also received a 2015 International Teaching Excellence Award, representing baccalaureate/graduate degree institutions. Dr. Moore is a member of ACBSP Region 3.

Mary R. Sudol, Chairperson and Professor, Division of Business and Culinary Arts, SUNY Sullivan, who recommended Riegal for the award, writes: “Diane Riegal is the most outstanding teacher I have encountered in my 36 years at SUNY Sullivan. She continuously inspires, motivates, mentors, and communicates effectively with her students.”

“SUNY Sullivan is extremely fortunate to have Diane as a full-time faculty member. She is a compassionate individual who spends a great deal of time working with her students, both in and out of the classroom. Her caring and nurturing personality has had an extremely positive impact on our students,” Sudol said.

ACBSP recognizes the significance of the classroom teacher to the mission of degree-granting institutions. It is for this reason that the Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching.

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Anthony Negbenebor, 2014-15 chair, ACBSP Board of Directors, who presented Riegal with the award. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal,” he stated.

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,315 member campuses, 211 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 997 have achieved accreditation and more than 226 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 10,000. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs

About SUNY Sullivan
The Division of Business and Culinary Arts at SUNY Sullivan is dedicated to providing diverse programs and course offerings that will enable students to acquire relevant knowledge and skills, receive adequate preparation for satisfactory transfer to post-community college programs, and become socially responsible citizens. All of the business degree programs, as well as the Computer Information Systems program, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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