What is the Adventist Accrediting Association?

The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (AAA) is the denominational accrediting authority for all tertiary and graduate educational programs and institutions owned by Seventh-day Adventist Church entities. It also reviews and endorses the accreditation of secondary schools and mid-level institutions owned by the Church, as recommended by the Commissions on Accreditation of the divisions. The Commission on Accreditation of each division is responsible for the denominational accreditation of primary schools owned by the Church in its territory. The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities and the Commissions on Accreditation evaluate the quality of the denominational institutions’ programs and their implementation of the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education in order to foster the unity and mission of the Church.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2015 – 2020; extended to 2022)

  • Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, Chair, Director of Education, General Conference
  • Mike Lekic, Executive Secretary, Associate Director of Education, General Conference
  • Loren Agrey, President, Burman University
  • Juvenal Balisasa, Director of Education, West-Central Africa Division
  • Lena Caesar, Loyola University of Maryland
  • Mario Ceballos, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, General Conference
  • Lawrence Domingo, Director of Education, Southern Asia-Pacific Division
  • Daniel Duda, Director of Education, Trans-European Division
  • George Egwakhe, Associate Treasurer, General Conference
  • Gamaliel Florez, Director of Education, Inter-American Division
  • Gerald Grant, Professor, Ontario, Canada
  • Juanita Gurubatham, Director, Institutional Review and Development, ACCSC
  • Mozecie Kadyakapita, Director of Education, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
  • Ginger Ketting-Weller, President, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Hudson Kibuuka, Associate Director of Education, General Conference
  • Raquel Korniejczuk, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Montemorelos University
  • Thomas Lemon, Vice President, General Conference
  • Edgard Leonel Luz, Director of Education, South American Division
  • Geoffrey Mbwana, Vice President, General Conference
  • James Mbyirukira, Education Department, Oakwood University
  • David McClintock, Director of Education, South Pacific Division
  • Julian Melgosa, Associate Director of Education, General Conference
  • Marius Munteanu, Director of Education, Inter-European Division
  • Daryl Murdoch, Director, South Pacific Division Adventist Schools
  • Andrew Mutero, Director of Education, East-Central Africa Division
  • G. T. Ng, Secretary, General Conference
  • Arne Nielsen, Vice President for Education, North American Division
  • R. N. Prabhu Das, Director of Education, Southern Asia Division
  • Juan Prestol, Treasurer, General Conference
  • Ivan Riapolov, Director of Education, Euro-Asia Division
  • Steven Rose, Vice President, Financial Administration, Walla Walla University
  • Richard Sabuin, Director of Education, Northern Asia-Pacific Division
  • Sadrail Saint-Ulysse, Director of Education, New Jersey Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Rubens Silva, Education Director, South Brazil Union Conference
  • Ella Simmons, Vice President, General Conference
  • John Wesley Taylor V, Associate Director of Education, General Conference
  • Aimee Vitangcol-Regoso, Registrar, Andrews University
  • Ted Wilson, President, General Conference
  • Robert Young, Vice President, Academic Administration, Southern Adventist University


  • Paul Douglas, Auditing Service, General Conference
  • Tim Northrup, Adventist Risk Management, General Conference
  • Tom Wetmore, Office of General Counsel, General Conference

Higher Education

General Conference policies related to the Accreditation Association

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Secondary Education

Information on division commissions on accreditation

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