Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering Associate Dean and Professor Chris Gordon, PhD, has dedicated his professional life to the construction industry, with special emphasis being placed on the development of future industry leaders through quality education.
Among his latest contributions to ensuring student success and industry advancement is Gordon’s appointment as an at-large trustee on the American Council for Construction Education Board of Trustees. The mission of the ACCE is to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education, and to promote, support and accredit quality construction education programs.
Gordon has been actively involved with ACCE for more than a decade. Throughout the years, he has served on numerous ACCE committees, including most recently the accreditation and guidance committees. He has also been active as a visiting accreditation reviewer. Gordon has led visiting team reviews of construction management programs at universities across the United States and has served as a mentor for programs pursuing accreditation.
“The ACCE plays a critical role in ensuring that our students are prepared to succeed and lead in the construction industry,” Gordon said. “Through my involvement with ACCE, I have been able to help advance construction education to best prepare students for the rapidly evolving building industry. My deep involvement in accreditation has also helped to ensure that SIUE’s program remains at the forefront of construction education.”
SIUE’s construction management program has been continuously accredited by ACCE since 2001. Gordon led the program’s 2012 reaccreditation effort during his tenure as department chair.
“That experience provided a deep appreciation for the role of accreditation in advancing construction education, as well as for the incredible amount of dedicated effort our construction education community has invested in developing and implementing our accreditation standards, and in continuously improving our programs,” Gordon explained.
The ACCE Board of Trustees comprises a minimum of 15 trustees with a goal of equal representation of educators and practitioners. At-large trustees are selected to help ensure the balance of educators and practitioners on the board.