About the GAC

Established in 2001

Over 130 Degree Programs

Member of ASPA

The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures, and standards for project, program, portfolio management and related programs at the bachelor’s, post graduate and doctoral degree levels.

The mission of GAC is to advance excellence in education worldwide, while its primary objective is to ensure that GAC accredited programs prepare students to meet the current and anticipated needs of businesses and government organizations for qualified professionals working in the field.

GAC is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), which advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors as a means of enhancing educational quality.

The GAC Directors

The GAC is governed by the GAC Directors who serve as the policy-making body in all matters related to GAC Accreditation of academic programs in the field of project, program and portfolio management, and are solely responsible for all related decisions.

This volunteer group is composed of seven to eleven members with a majority of members drawn from academia, and one public member.

Shankar Sankaran, PhD, MEng, BSc, PMP

Shankar Sankaran, PhD, PMP

University of Technology Sydney

Tracey Richardson

Tracey Richardson, EdD, PMI-RMP, PMP

Vice Chair
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
United States

Rebecca Lippert

Rebecca Lippert, EdD

Project Management Institute United States

Yanping Chen

Yanping Chen, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow

The University of Management and Technology

Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin, DMin

Northeastern University 
 United States

Karuna Jain, PhD

Karuna  Jain, PhD

Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay Powai

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson, PhD, PMP 

Western Carolina University  United States 

Alejandro Romero-Torres

Alejandro Romero-Torres, PhD, PMP, SPC

Université du Québec à Montréal

Qian Shi

Qian Shi, PhD

Tongji University

Langes Supramaniam

Langes Supramaniam, PMP

Cardiff Met University          United Kingdom

Tetsuya Toma

Tetsuya TOMA, PhD, PMP

Keio University