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David B. Stephens, dean of the college of business at Utah State University, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the business accreditation committee for the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

The assembly is the professional accrediting agency for business schools at colleges and universities nationwide.The 20-person committee makes the final decision on applications from individual business schools for accreditation or reaccreditation.

Stephens says that of the almost 1,300 colleges and universities in the country offering business degrees, only 271 are accredited at the bachelor's degree and master's degree level.

Only 115 of these are accredited at bachelor's and master's level and for a school of accountancy.

"Interestingly, three of these 115 with the highest accreditation are in Utah," Dean Stephens said. "They are Utah State University, University of Utah and Brigham Young University. It's impressive that with its relatively small population Utah has that many accredited schools."

Stephens has been dean of USU's College of Business since 1986. He has also taught management at University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University and Florida State University.

Those with information for this column are invited to call Angelyn N. Hutchinson or Chuck Gates at the Deseret News, 237-2100.