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Michael Hill
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MD, September 22, 2015 -- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) President Carolyn Y. Woo has been named one of the 100 Influential Leaders by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The international accrediting body for business schools, the AACSB made the announcement at its meeting in Chicago today. The recognition of these 100 people comes in conjunction with the AACSB’s celebration of its 100th year in 2016.

According to the AACSB, the Influential Leaders are business school alumni who “have demonstrated an innovative mindset, shown entrepreneurial spirit, made significant business impact, and engendered dramatic community or social change.”

Prior to joining CRS, Woo was Dean of the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame for 14 years. She was nominated for the AACSB recognition by her alma mater, Purdue University, where she received all of her academic degrees up to the Ph.D. and then served as a faculty member and administrator.

“Your recognition on the list of AACSB Influential Leaders is most deserved, and we’re incredibly proud of your accomplishments and the impact they have had on the world,” said Tim Newton, Director of External Relations and Communications at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. “You are a shining example for our students to emulate.”

A selection committee of the AASCB reviewed the nominations and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Dr. Woo for her contributions as an Influential Leader,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “AACSB is honored to celebrate Dr. Woo —and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s past, present, and promising future.”

Woo was chair of the AASCB board in 2002-2003, the first woman to hold that position. A native of Hong Kong, Woo came to the United States with enough money to pay for one year at Purdue. A scholarship allowed her to stay and she continued her studies and career in academia before coming to CRS in 2012.

In 2013, Foreign Policy named her one of the 500 “most powerful people on the planet.”

For a full list of the AACSB’s 100 Influential Leaders and more information on the award, visit


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Michael Hill

Senior Writer

Michael Hill
September 22, 2015

Based in Baltimore, MD

As Senior Writer, Michael is responsible for much of the editorial production of the Communications Unit: press releases, op-eds, speeches, etc. He also is a supervisor in the department overseeing the work of three communications staff in Asia, Africa and the United States.

Before joining CRS is 2008, Michael had a 35-year career at the...More