A Rollins alumnus with an undergraduate degree in physics and a master's degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business, as well as a master's degree in business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duane Ackerman is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the BellSouth Corporation.
Ackerman began his communications career in 1964, and has served in numerous capacities with BellSouth. In November 1992, he was named president and chief executive officer of BellSouth Telecommunications, BellSouth's local telephone service unit and largest subsidiary. He was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer in January 1995, and was elevated to the position of president and chief executive officer in January 1997. A year later, the BellSouth board added the chairman's responsibilities to Ackerman's portfolio, and he served as chairman and CEO until BellSouth's merger with AT&T on December 29, 2006.
Ackerman serves on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is immediate past chairman of the national Council on Competitiveness, as well as the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. A past chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Ackerman is vice chairman of the Rollins College Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Governors for the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT.
Ackerman FACULTY TEAM LEADERS
Dr. Mark Johnston, Gerry Professor of Marketing & Ethics, Crummer Graduate School of Business
Dr. J. Clay Singleton, Professor of Finance, Crummer Graduate School of Business