Idaho (April 17, 2009) - University of Phoenix Idaho Campus faculty member, Thomas Old, has been named a regional recipient for the 2009 Association of Business Schools and Programs ( Teaching Excellence Award which honors teachers who exemplify excellence in the classroom.

Old is the area chair for the University of Phoenix Idaho Campus' Project Management program and teaches graduate level business coursework. In June, the ACBSP will honor Old at its Annual Conference in San Antonio ( where he will be presented with a medallion and a $100 check. Old is also a candidate for the ACBSP's international award.

"Tom Old brings many years of real-world business experience and talent to his classroom," said Bill Bach, Idaho campus director for University of Phoenix. "He goes to great lengths to support students by providing the guidance and direction which will propel them to the next level in his or her life and embrace life-long learning."

ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching.

"It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace," said Douglas Viehland, ACBSP executive director. "ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal."


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


  • Jeannette Duwe,
    Duwe Public Relations, 208-321-1253, 208-794-2620
  • Melinda Dorning;
    ASBCP Communications Manager, 913-339-9356