Submitted by: Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 – 03:47 PM EST
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute, a pioneer in offering Sustainable MBA programs, announces John Gardner Ph.D. as the incoming Dean of Academic Affairs. Gardner previously served as Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs at Washington State University. Founded in 2002, BGI's evening and weekend Sustainable MBA and certificate programs are designed to integrate economic, environmental, and socially responsible business practices and education.
"This is a turning point in the history of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute," said Gifford Pinchot, President and co-founder of BGI. "John brings invaluable experience and connections that will support BGI's ongoing effort to serve as the top leader in transforming business education." Founded in 2002, BGI's evening and weekend Sustainable MBA and certificate programs are designed to change business practice by integrating economic, environmental, and socially responsible business practices into every business decision.
"In 2002 we pioneered the integration of social and environmental responsibility into the MBA curriculum in order to develop solutions for the world's most pressing challenges. Our alumni are demonstrating that they can change the world. We are ranked #1 in the Net Impact ratings of socially responsible MBA's every year they have been given. Fast Company and Huffington Post rank BGI as one of the top five Sustainable business programs and with John's leadership as the incoming dean, we anticipate an exciting future," stated Pinchot.
Gardner sees opportunity in learning about the experiences of start-up private, non-profit higher education institutions like BGI. "Having had the opportunity to work with a leading public university president like Elson Floyd, and now with Gifford Pinchot, a noted entrepreneur, author, and BGI President and one of its founders, is a rare opportunity," stated Gardner.
Gardner has long worked in agriculture, both at land grant universities and at start-ups focusing on novel ways to achieve sustainability. Gardner will also seek an adjunct appointment in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at WSU. "The work of organizations like WSU and BGI are highly complementary, and I hope to demonstrate that through my efforts," said Gardner.
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable business. Founded in 2002, BGI offers evening and weekend MBA and Certificate programs that thoroughly integrate environmental and social responsibility into every subject of the traditional core business curriculum. BGI works to help other business schools become more sustainable.
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