Kent State University MBA Alumni Nominated for Influential Leaders Challenge

Madhavan Rangaswami was nominated for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Influential Leaders Challenge.

Rangaswami received his MBA degree in 1978 from Kent State University’s College of Business Administration. He is now a very successful software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as an expert in his field, Rangaswami participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies.

The AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge recognizes business colleges for their work in developing exceptional leaders, entrepreneurs and industry innovators. The challenge allows AACSB-accredited colleges to nominate notable alumni who have made an impact in the world through their business acumen, leadership abilities or entrepreneurial success.

Rangaswami was nominated by Associate Dean Cathy DuBois, Ph.D., of the College of Business Administration at Kent State.

“His career has been fueled by his intelligence, drive for excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and passion to make the world a better place,” said DuBois. “We are very proud to call Rangaswami an honored and distinguished alumnus.”

The winning nominations will be celebrated at AACSB’s Annual Accreditation Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in September 2015.  For more information about the AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge, visit

AACSB accreditation is the gold standard for colleges of business. Internationally recognized, AACSB provides specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. The AACSB accreditation standards challenge

post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB accreditation is the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.  Kent State University’s College of Business Administration has been accredited since 1964.

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Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students; the second largest college of business in Ohio. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM