ACICS Leadership Change

Today, the ACICS Board of Directors announced a change in the top leadership of the agency.  It has appointed Anthony S. Bieda, 63 of Alexandria, VA to serve as Executive in Charge.  Simultaneously, the Board will initiate a search for a President & Chief Executive Officer.

"Mr. Bieda has been appointed to oversee the day to day operations of ACICS, including authority over all of the resources of the organization," said Dr. Lawrence Leak, Chair of the Board of Directors. "He will report directly to the Board and Council.  This Council takes the concerns raised by a variety of external stakeholders very seriously," Leak said. "The assurance of quality and integrity of private post-secondary education by ACICS will become stronger and more effective in light of these concerns."

Bieda previously served as vice president of external affairs for ACICS since 2007.  His prior experience in public and private higher education includes serving as an executive with the Arizona Board of Regents.  He holds a Master's of Business Administration from Regis University.

Bieda replaces Dr. Albert Gray, who resigned after more than seven years as President and CEO.

"I appreciate and respect the loyal service and dedicated leadership of Al Gray to ACICS during difficult and challenging times," said Dr. Leak. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish Dr. Gray every success and best wishes."

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Founded in 1912, ACICS is the largest national accrediting organization of degree-granting institutions. ACICS accredits professional, technical and occupational programs, and is one of only two national accreditors recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.The mission of ACICS is to advance educational excellence at independent, nonpublic career schools, colleges and organizations in the United States and abroad. This is achieved through a deliberate and thorough accreditation process of quality assurance and enhancement, as well as ethical business and educational practices.