Dan LeClair

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, AACSB International, internationally recognized expert, author, and presenter on business education

As Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, Dan is responsible for the thought leadership initiatives, Knowledge Services, and research of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (, which has as a mission to advance quality management education worldwide.

Dan has been instrumental in making AACSB the leading authority and voice in management education through thought leadership. He has led efforts to study and address a wide range of important challenges facing business schools, such as doctoral faculty shortages, assessment, ethics education, media rankings, and research impact. Dan also helped to establish the Global Foundation for Management Education (, a think tank joint venture of AACSB and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), and has since its inception been its lead researcher. He has served on numerous industry-wide committees and task forces (for organizations such as GMAC®, EMBA Council, and Aspen Institute Business & Society Program) and is an internationally recognized expert, author, and frequent presenter on business education topics.

At AACSB Dan has been the principal architect of Knowledge Services, which assists business school leaders to plan and make decisions using comparable data as well as information about trends and effective practices. He created DATADIRECT, which houses the world’s largest database about business schools and now powers the most credible source for students and employers seeking information about accredited business schools— And, in collaboration with Villanova Professor Stephen A. Stumpf and, he helped to develop for Knowledge Services the Academic Leader Assessment (ALA), which provides confidential, 360° feedback to deans on four key leadership dimensions.

Prior to joining AACSB, Dan was an associate professor in The University of Tampa’s College of Business, where he also served three years as associate dean. He also has taught at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and lectured on game theory at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Dan earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida.

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