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Alumnus Glen Taylor Receives AACSB Inaugural Influential Leaders Award

Taylor named one of 100 AACSB "Influential Leaders" worldwide.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-8-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato announced today that AACSB International, an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 90 countries and territories, has selected Glen Taylor (pictured), a 1962 Minnesota State Mankato graduate, as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders.

Taylor’s work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that Minnesota State Mankato graduates display around the world and every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

Taylor is the founder and chairman of Taylor Corporation and is also active in other business endeavors, including the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx and many civic and charitable causes. More on Taylor is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and College of Business Dean Brenda Flannery each expressed congratulations to Taylor on the AACSB award as well as their gratitude for his leadership and contributions to the University.

“We’re very proud that Glen Taylor has been named one of 100 AACSB’s influential leaders,” said Davenport. “Glen’s leadership and generosity has made a difference in the lives of thousands of students, whether through his financial gifts, to include the $10 million he gave for the Taylor Center on campus and $7 million to establish the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, or the time he has spent serving on the University’s Foundation board and visiting with students.”

“Mr. Taylor is an embodiment of the AACSB Influential Leader criteria with his innovative mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and impact on the community,” said Flannery. “He is a perfect match for everything that this award represents.”

“I am honored to accept this very prestigious award,” Taylor said.

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Glen Taylor for his contributions as an influential leader, and to thank Minnesota State University, Mankato for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill unmeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Glen Taylor—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s past, present, and promising future.”

In being named an AACSB leader, Taylor joins individuals such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year’s group.

For the full list of recipients, visit

AACSB International was founded in 1916, and its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Fla.; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The vision of the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato is to be the clear business school choice for those who want to engage in real-world learning experiences. The AACSB-accredited College of Business is committed to exceeding the expectations of those who want to engage in learner-centered education, applied research and high-impact mutually beneficial partnerships (2015-2020 vision and mission).

For more information, contact Greta Fennell, director of communications and events for the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone (507-389-5424) or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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