ACICS Centennial

Over the course of the year, ACICS celebrated 100 years of Advancing Excellence in Education with thought leadership events, a week of community service, and a souvenir publication. The examination of our past has strengthened our commitment to quality education for future generations of students.

Centennial Fact Sheet 

ACICS 100 Year Anniversary Cake
ACICS Staff celebrated
the official Centennial
date, December 12, 2012
at the Washington, DC
headquarter offices.
Albert Gray cuts centennial cake
ACICS Executive Director,
Dr. Albert C. Gray cuts the
Anniversary cake for staff.

What is the ACICS Centennial?

Kicking off in December 2011, the Centennial year offered schools an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the history of ACICS and its contributions to higher education in the United States and abroad.
  • Recognize the evolution of the agency over time in order to remain responsive to education trends.
  • Educate external constituencies on the agency’s long, rich legacy of quality, integrity, strength and stability.

Learn how we celebrated 100 years of advancing excellence in education. 



Centennial Stories: From the Beginning

On a stormy evening in Chicago 1912, the president of Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines, Iowa summoned 22 administrators from other business schools to the Hotel LaSalle to talk about ethical standards for operating their institutions. His name was Benjamin Franklin Williams, and his legacy of integrity is the foundation of the organization known today as ACICS.

Read About the History of ACICS and Other Centennial Stories