Lerner Alumnus Named AACSB Influential Leader


Lerner College of Business alumnus Thomas Pike has been recognized as one of AACSB’s Influential Leaders. Pikes one of the first 100 influential leaders recognized by AACSB. The group of selected individuals are from a variety of backgrounds but all share qualities that exemplify their roles as a visionary figure in the business community. Pike currently serves as the CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical outsourcing services companies in the country, Quintiles.

This year’s group of AACSB Influential Leaders list includes professionals from more than 20 different industries and sectors including healthcare, non-profits and consumer products from 21 different countries. Individuals on this list were nominated by their alma-mater to recognize their outstanding efforts to produce a positive change in the world. The recognition was created to showcase the benefits of studying business at an AACSB-accredited institution and how business school graduates can generate positive outcomes for society.

In addition to receiving this recognition from AACSB, Pike was also named to Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. Since becoming public last year, Pike’s company has grown and gained market share. As CEO, Pike has helped to increase the company’s revenue and profit margins. Pike also continues to give back to the University of Delaware community. In 2013, he and his wife Joanne established the Pike Helping Hand Scholarship. He also shares advice and guidance with UD students at panel discussions and information events.

“It is my honor to recognize Thomas Pike for his contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International said in a press release.



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