Ann Rhoades
Ann Rhoades

University of New Mexico alumnus Ann Rhoades was named as a member of the initial list of 100 Influential Leaders of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

Rhoades, an Anderson MBA graduate, is a popular, nationally recognized speaker on the subject of customer service and how to build a strong service culture. She was part of the team that launched JetBlue and helped Southwest Airlines and Doubletree Hotels become known throughout the world for their high performing cultures. She is the founding executive vice president of People, JetBlue Airways and president of People Ink. She gives back to the Anderson School through presentations and talks and is the current president of the UNM Alumni Association.

Rhoades joins an impressive Class of 2015 Influential Leaders that includes Colin Powell and Sam Walton. The complete list of recipients can be found on the AACSB website

Anderson Dean Craig White says this honor reflects Rhoades’s influence on UNM, the Anderson School, and the broader business community. “It is a true honor to count Ann as a graduate of the Anderson School of Management," he said. "She has been an innovative force behind some of the most successful businesses of our time. Ann clearly demonstrates the positive impact possible through a business career.”

UNM Anderson is among the top 20 percent of business schools who have earned this prestigious designation and one of only 182 schools in the world to attain both accounting and business accreditation through the AACSB. 

AACSB developed the influential leaders list as part of its centennial anniversary to allow accredited business schools to collectively reflect on, recognize, and celebrate notable graduates.

From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools nominated notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world through their business acumen, leadership abilities, or entrepreneurial success. The AACSB received 197 submissions from 127 universities in 25 countries around the world and from those nominations, a selection committee created its list of the top 100 business school graduates who have made a positive impact on society.