Alumni Association honors two of our own with Circle of Gold Award

November 19, 2020

Two College of Business alumni are among five FSU graduates recognized by the FSU Alumni Association with this year’s Circle of Gold Award, which is presented to individuals who, through their service and achievements, personify the university’s tradition of excellence. The Annual Alumni Awards Gala in November was held via Zoom.

The college’s honorees are:


Jean Accius

(BS Hospitality Management ’02; MS Aging Studies ’03; Ph.D. ’08)

Accius is a senior executive and nationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy at AARP. In 2018, he was recognized as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow and in 2019, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded him with the prominent Sharecare Award for his groundbreaking work on male family caregivers. In 2020, he was a speaker and facilitated several sessions at the 50th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and engaged nearly 300 leaders across industries and sectors, including 20 ambassadors and many delegates at the United Nations. He has held a variety of board and advisory positions including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging and the American University School of Public Affairs Board of Advisors. He has served on the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors and is a mentor to students. He earned his doctorate from American University.

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Christopher Iansiti

(BS Finance ’92, MS Instructional Systems ’94)

Iansiti, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Naples, Florida, is the development director at Tier1 Performance Solutions, where he focuses on strategic change, leadership and talent development, employee onboarding and cultural architecting. In 2000, he founded Iansiti Performance Group and served as its president for 18 years, during which the company achieved Inc. 5000 status. Iansiti is dedicated to amplifying giving at FSU and advancing the university’s culture of philanthropy. He is a member of the FSU James D. Wescott Society Honor Roll of Donors, serves on numerous boards and is a past chair of the College of Business Board of Governors. He currently is chair-elect of the FSU Foundation Board and a frequent campus speaker. In 2018, he was recognized by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship as a member of the inaugural Seminole 100. In 2011, he was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the FSU College of Education.

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