2012 Outstanding Peer Evaluators Recognized


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Outstanding Peer Evaluators Recognized at ACICS Centennial
Honorees Demonstrated Exceptional Service to Higher Education

(Washington, D.C.) November 15, 2012 – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools recognized three peer evaluators for their exceptional service to higher education during an ACICS awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Nov. 11. Award recipients included San Antonio’s Dr. David Teneyuca, named Evaluator of the Year, while Rogena Kyles of Alexandria, Virginia. and Pan Fuchs of Los Angeles were honored as Chair of the Year and Student Relations Evaluator of the Year, respectively. The awards ceremony was part of a four-day event including a Professional Development Conference and Centennial Gala celebrating ACICS' 100 years of advancing excellence in education.

This year’s honorees were among the volunteer peer evaluators deployed by ACICS to review the institutional quality of more than 900 institutions. They were selected from 300 ACICS evaluators who were ranked among the best in 2011-2012.

Dr. Teneyuca joined ACICS as a program evaluator in 2009 and currently teaches at several universities in San Antonio in addition to working with several online universities. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), he has published various articles on digital security and cloud computing. Dr. Teneyuca has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees.

Ms. Kyles became an ACICS evaluator in 1998 and currently practices immigration law at her own law firm, while providing legal counsel for the Bangladesh Association of America, Inc.   She previously served as interim executive director of the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), and as president and CEO of Ramírez College in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ms. Kyles graduated from Ohio State University and George Mason University School of Law.

Ms. Fuchs, senior director of accreditation and licensing at Corinthian Colleges, Inc., has worked with ACICS since 2002. With more than 30 years of experience in the postsecondary education industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the student relations role. At Corinthian Colleges, Ms. Fuchs manages accreditation processes for more than 60 campuses.

“On behalf of ACICS, I’d like to thank Dr. Teneyuca, Ms. Kyles and Ms. Fuchs for their ongoing commitment to quality education,” Dr. Al Gray, executive director of ACICS, said. “They play a significant role in the peer review process with students’ best interests at heart – and for that, we are grateful.” 
The awards ceremony concluded ACICS’ Centennial Celebration, which began with professional development workshops on Nov. 8.

Visit ACICS' website, Facebook page ( and Twitter handle (@acicsaccredits) to learn more about the Centennial schedule of events. 

About the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is one of the most respected and longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACICS accredits more than 900 private post-secondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, as well as institutions offering associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical or occupational degrees. For more information, please visit