Dean James Danko Elected to Board of the Graduate Management Admission Council

VILLANOVA, PA, July 7, 2009—James M. Danko, The Helen & William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®). GMAC, established in 1953, is a nonprofit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. Based in McLean, Virginia, with a European office in London, GMAC owns and administers the GMAT® exam used as part of the graduate business school admissions process. GMAC’s international Board of Directors has 14 members.

As a member of the board, Dean Danko, will develop policies to ensure effective and strategic operation of the organization and monitor GMAC’s activities, projects, and programs to ensure its mission is present in each.

Dean Danko spent nearly two decades as a successful entrepreneur before taking on leadership roles in higher education. He has brought his unique entrepreneurial style to top business schools including those at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dartmouth College. Dean Danko was appointed to the Villanova School of Business in 2005.

"I am honored by this appointment to the GMAC Board of Directors. I look forward to helping GMAC advance its strategic objectives and to serving the business school industry," said Dean Danko. "GMAC has been a tremendous resource to me and the schools I've served over the years, and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to give something back."

"Business schools and their students are facing challenging times," said David A. Wilson, GMAC president and CEO. "Jim Danko's commitment to corporate social responsibility, along with his dual experience as a successful entrepreneur and a successful academic leader—through many years of economic ups and downs—will make him a valuable asset to our Board of Directors and to the worldwide graduate management community."

Founded in 1922, the Villanova School of Business is nationally recognized for its academic quality at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In the Villanova tradition, Augustinian values including social responsibility and ethical leadership are infused throughout VSB curricula. VSB offers six graduate programs—including an MBA and EMBA—and undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, and business administration. Learn more at

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