Kennesaw State University business alumnus receives inaugural Influential Leaders award

Ice cream company founder Keith Schroeder joins alumni from AACSB-accredited schools making impact…

Georgia (Sep 24, 2015)Ice cream company founder Keith Schroeder joins alumni from AACSB-accredited schools making impact

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Sept. 22, 2015) — Kennesaw State University alumnus Keith Schroeder was recognized by AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders during the award’s inaugural year.

Schroeder graduated with an Executive MBA in 2010 from Kennesaw State’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, which is accredited by AACSB.  Schroeder is the founder and CEO of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc., a food company that uses locally and regionally sourced ingredients to provide gourmet ice cream for restaurants, hotels and resorts. The ice cream brand can now be found in grocery and specialty food stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Prior to establishing High Road, Schroeder worked as an executive chef for Westin and Marriott hotels and the New England Culinary Institute. He was one of the youngest chefs to be named executive chef of the New England Culinary Institute at age 28. A cookbook author, Schroeder also writes a monthly column for “Cooking Light” magazine.

According to AACSB, his work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that Kennesaw State graduates display around the world and every day — whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses or the nonprofit sector.

“What an amazing accomplishment for Keith to be named among the world’s most influential innovative leaders by AACSB,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State. “Keith’s idea for High Road Ice Cream came while he was working on his master’s degree at Coles. Our business faculty push the innovation potential among all of our business students, and while Keith’s fellow classmates may have spurred his entrepreneurial spirit, it was his own business acumen that propelled his enterprising concept into a thriving international company.”

Schroeder joins individuals such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits across 21 countries, are represented in this year’s group.

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made or are making an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Keith Schroeder for his contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank Kennesaw State for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International.

For the full list of recipients, visit

About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

About AACSB International

Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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The Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University is the second-largest business school in Georgia, offering 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College’s part-time MBA program was ranked first in the state among public institutions and 22nd in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in its 2013 business school rankings and among the country’s top 50 programs by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Graduate Schools 2014.” 



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit