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About the IACBE

Meet Our Ambassadors

Dr. Randy Frye
Ambassador – United States

Dr. Randy L. Frye is the Founding Dean of the Shields School of Business and Professor of Business Administration at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. With a B.A in Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from Saint Francis College, and an Ed.D. in Management and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Frye brings over four decades of experience to his roles. He is a founding board member of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), advocating for its developmental and collaborative approaches to fostering continuous improvement and excellence in collegiate business education.

Dr. Frye enthusiastically embraces outcomes-based assessment for business programs and views IACBE membership and its accreditation process as a means of formulating a recipe for a stronger, more impactful business school. He has led numerous site review teams and presented at various conferences on managing and marketing business schools. Recognized for his excellence, Dr. Frye has received prestigious awards, including the Dr. John Green Excellence in Business Education Award in 2013.

Overseeing 10 undergraduate programs, three graduate programs, and initiatives like the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Dr. Frye actively contributes to regional economic development. He’s been consistently honored as one of the Top 100 Business Leaders by the Pennsylvania Business Central and operates an independent consulting practice. Outside academia, Dr. Frye enjoys reading, traveling, and sports like racquetball, basketball, swimming, and golf. He resides in Johnstown with his wife, Barbara, and they have three adult sons.

Ambassador – United States

Dr. Ralph “Chip” Mason has served as Dean of the Business School for the past fifteen years at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. He has over twenty years’ experience as a Professor in Leadership and Management, serving at Belhaven University and as a Visiting Professor at Duke University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, and he earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) after spending six years on the board of Commissioners. He has chaired over a dozen site visits for Business Schools seeking accreditation in the United States and in Latin America and Asia. In 2016 he was recognized by the IACBE with their highest award, their Founder award for Excellence in Business Education.

Dr. Mason has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Leadership and Motivation, Business Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Fundamentals of Management, High Performance Teams, and others. His research interests include leadership, mentoring, and team dynamics.  As a principal at Mason Consulting Group, his consulting portfolio spans Aerospace, Chemicals, Higher Education, and Postal Delivery sectors.

Dr. Mason has been married over 30 years, and his wife is a medical professor at a nearby University. He has two grown children who live in Washington DC and Asia.

Ambassador – South Asia

As Ambassador for South Asia, Mr. Harshavardhan Erra leads IACBE development by identifying growth opportunities, strengthening existing client relationships, and expanding IACBE brand awareness in South Asia. Often serving as the first point of contact for prospective clients, Mr. Erra shares information about accreditation and provides guidance to institutions as they advance through the stages of membership. In addition, he meets regularly with IACBE team members to provide updates on progress in the region.

Mr. Erra also heads South Asian operations of a French educational entity, Groupe IGS. Previously, he worked at public Indian organizations including India Post and Food Corporation of India. He holds a master’s degree in Life Sciences from Osmania University in India. In his spare time, he delivers guest lectures on social entrepreneurship to various institutions and mentors young Indian social entrepreneurship start-ups.