Prof. Charles Beem Leads Accreditation Council for Business Schools

Bucks alumnus and longtime professor is board president for the international accrediting body of many institutions.

Professor Charles Beem of Bucks County Community College’s business studies department is serving as president of the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for the current academic year.

The ACBSP is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels.  

Beem has been an active member of ACBSP for more than 14 years, and has served in many committee leadership roles. He has also visited schools seeking ACBSP accreditation and reaffirmation as a site-evaluation team member.

“Charles is a valued leader of ACBSP, serving in many ways to promote our vision of accrediting all quality business programs worldwide,” said Douglas Viehland, ACBSP executive director. “He has been instrumental in our effort to increase awareness and communicate the value of ACBSP accreditation among associate degree schools.”  

Among the first accomplishments in his leadership role, Beem traveled to Brussels in November to meet with Turkey’s minister of education. As a result of negotiations, Turkey signed an agreement for ACBSP to be the official accrediting body for all colleges and universities in that country.

Beem said he’s focused on helping ACBSP expand during its 25th anniversary year.

“This is an opportunity to renew our commitment to the mission and core values that have contributed to the success of ACBSP,” said Beem. “Worthy goals include increasing membership of associate degree-granting institutions, and full deployment of the technology that will create an engaged community of enthusiastic members.”  

After earning an Associate of Arts degree from Bucks in 1974, Beem earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Temple University.  He began teaching part-time at Bucks in 1981 and became a full-time faculty member three years later, and currently serves as coordinator of the department’s management and marketing area. The Richboro resident serves as faculty advisor to two honor society chapters, the Nu Chapter of Kappa Beta Delta, and the PiXi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Beem has been recognized for his service to Phi Theta Kappa at the regional and international levels of the organization.  

In the spring semester that begins January 22, Beem will be teaching Introduction to Business, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing. To register for one of his classes, visit www.bucks.edu. To learn more about Business Studies at Bucks County Community College, visit www.bucks.edu/business or call 215-968-8227. 

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093