Lincoln College’s MacKinnon School of Business has been granted reaffirmation of the College’s business and management programs by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

The accreditation is valid for seven years, though Dec. 31, 2025.

According to the official announcement by the IACBE, “the Division of Business at Lincoln College has undertaken a rigorous self-evaluation; has undergone a comprehensive, independent peer review; and has demonstrated compliance with the following Accreditation Principles of the IACBE.”

Those principles are:

  • Outcomes Assessment;
  • Strategic Planning;
  • Curriculum;
  • Faculty;
  • Scholarly and Professional Activities;
  • Resources;
  • Internal and External Relationships;
  • International Business Education; and
  • Educational Involvement.

In addition, the IACBE stated, “the Division of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations.”

Lincoln College will be publicly recognized for achieving accreditation at the 2019 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting on April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Last fall, business programs at Lincoln College were consolidated under the new “MacKinnon School of Business,” in honor of 1960 graduate Alexander “Sandy” MacKinnon.

MacKinnon has long been a supporter of Lincoln College, which he credits with helping him turn around his life and set him on a path to success.

MacKinnon spent most of his career working for and with Yale, the manufacturer of fork lifts and other heavy equipment that is now Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. In 1982, MacKinnon took what was then a bankrupt dealership in Tampa, Florida, and turned it into one of the most successful heavy equipment dealerships in the country. Along the way, he earned a reputation for integrity that led to numerous honors for business ethics and leadership including the H.L. Culbreath, Jr., profile in leadership award selected by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Ethics Award, presented by the University of Tampa Center for Ethics.

MacKinnon succeeded in business despite challenging odds stacked against him. He was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at a time when the learning disability was little known and few treatments existed. His high school advisor once suggested that he might be the first senior class president to fail to graduate. While Sandy was in his teens his father died unexpectedly, throwing his own future into doubt.

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas For more information, please visit the IACBE’s website at