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Continued from Page 10 He has high praise for the JMU Department of His-tory faculty. “Their commit-ment is to the highest level of education. JMU professors keep long office hours and are always welcoming to new ideas. Several professors had a strong impact on my academic career, including Raymond “Skip” Hyser. He was always a professor you could drop by and just talk to.” Wasniewski says the JMU history program gives students real career skills. “Our pro-gram teaches you to take a lot of information and synthesize it and articulate your find-ings,” he explains. “I thought I was going to end up a teacher so I did a fair amount of teaching assistantships at College Park.” His work with a nonprofit Washington, D.C., organiza-tion gave him a historical prospective of the U.S. House of Representatives. His current team of nine works on long-term and cyclical projects, but there is always the unpredict-able event. “We are a tight group and enjoy recording the events, members and evo-lution of the lower chamber,” he says. On Oct. 20, 2011, then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Wasniewski as historian, and he earned resounding support from then-House Republican Leader John Boehner. “Matt’s interest in the history of the federal government and his longtime association with the House make him an excellent candi-date, who will find innovative ways to not only help the pub-lic be better engaged with their House, but to help members better perform their duties by understanding the history of the House.” M ✱ Learn more at [ College of Business ] Former business dean takes helm of global association B Y PATRICIA MAY Retired JMU College of Business Dean Robert Reid will take the helm of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. As dean of the JMU College of Busi-ness for 15 years, Reid led a team of more than 150 faculty and staff rec-ognized for excellence in curriculum innovation. F ormer JMU College of Busi-ness Dean Robert D. Reid will take over as the chief accredita-tion officer of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International on Oct. 1. “In the past 10 years, business education has evolved con-siderably and AACSB has led the way as a global leader in advancing quality and innovation in business schools,” says John J. Fernandes, AACSB president. “Robert Reid’s collaborative spirit and more than 30 years of academic experience in busi-ness education will provide AACSB with the leadership to continue our focus on the ever-expanding needs of business schools, business and society.” During Reid’s 15-year tenure as dean of the JMU College of Business he led the col-lege and many of its programs to consistent national rankings. A longtime active AACSB member, he served as chair of the Mainte-nance of Accreditation Committee, a member of the Accreditation Coordinating Commit-tee and as a member of AACSB’s board of directors. Reid also is the current president of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society of business school students. “I look forward to working collaboratively with business school leaders across the globe to build on the exceptional foundation and con-tinue to advance the quality of management education and AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide,” Reid says. M Stay in touch! Congratulations Class of 2012! Just because you’re leaving campus doesn’t mean you’re leaving the Madison community. Share your new address and stay in touch, so that JMU can share important updates and Madison magazine with you. PHO T O G R APH B Y HOLLY MARC U S ( ’ 0 3) 12 MA D I S O N MA G AZ I N E

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