GIA’s Johnson Elected to Accreditation Post

Susan B. Johnson, Gemological Institute of America‘s director of Education Administration, has been elected to a full term as a school commissioner for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Johnson will serve as one of 13 ACCSCT commissioners through June 30, 2012.

Last year, Johnson was elected to fill a one-year partial term and was the first GIA staff member to serve on the ACCSCT’s governing board. Her second election to the board will cover a full-term.

Johnson is a member of the organization’s education leadership team and plays a key role in operating its global educational business, which serves 16,000 students annually. Throughout her tenure at GIA, she has served as a faculty member, managed the extension division (now lab classes), directed alumni development and filled the role of dean of students. In addition, Johnson has been intimately involved with GIA’s accreditation, compliance, and licensure endeavors. She is also a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education and the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Formed in 1967, ACCSCT is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The ACCSCT serves more than 200,000 students across the U.S. and provides accreditation of private, post-secondary, non-degree-granting institutions as well as degree-granting institutions, including those offering associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees that are predominantly for occupational, trade, and technical careers.

GIA is one of more than 800 institutions holding ACCSCT accreditation, and has been recognized by ACCSCT as a 2006/2007 school of distinction.