Dr. Koffi Dessou Announced As New Instructor For ACHS Business Department

Portland, Ore.—June 4, 2021—American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) Dean of Business, Dr. Susan Marcus, announces the addition of Dr. Koffi Dessou to the faculty community for the college’s Business Department and MBA program.

As Assistant Professor, Dr. Dessou will bring his educational and professional expertise to undergraduate and graduate courses in business topics including communications, organizational effectiveness, human capital, leadership, operations and value chain management, and the MBA Applied Capstone. He will also work with the college’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Technology, and Assessment (CETTA) and the department dean to conduct program reviews, make recommendations on methods of assessment, propose new course offerings, and identify career and internship opportunities. 

ACHS Dean of Business Dr. Susan Marcus shared, “We are very happy to announce the addition of Dr. Koffi Dessou to the faculty. Previously, Dr. Dessou played a key role on our founding MBA program advisory council, shaping our vision for the curriculum and learning outcomes. In particular, Dr. Dessou helped ensure the MBA experience at ACHS stays true to our holistic mission. That entails a solid and rigorous learning opportunity for students with entrepreneurial interests or seeking upward mobility in all industries — an experience that embeds social and environmental sustainability throughout all topics, and ensures students cultivate a global mindset during their work with us. We are excited about Dr. Dessou’s transition into a teaching role at ACHS!” 

Dr. Dessou holds both Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degrees with an emphasis in global management, and has 30 years of experience in leadership and management of public administration, business administration, human resources management, nonprofit administration, equity and human rights, and community-based organizations.

He currently leads the City of Portland’s racial equity-centered results-based accountability framework, budget equity assessment, workplace equity, and equity in employee performance review, and leadership development. He previously served as the Interim Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights for thirteen months. Prior to that Dr. Dessou created and managed the City’s Equity Training and Education Program. Before moving to America in 2008 with his wife and their four children, Dr. Dessou worked for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Togo for 16 years. 

Dr. Dessou’s perspective on the role of business is a perfect fit with our mission at ACHS. He says, “I view the role of business from a community-centered standpoint because I think business leaders and managers should aspire to create or add value, financial and non-financial, for workers as a community, customers as a community, investors as a community, and the environment as the home of the larger community.”

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American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS.edu) has been training, credentialing, advancing, and legitimizing the holistic health industry globally since 1978. ACHS specializes in accredited online integrative health and wellness education and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and professional continuing education courses in integrative health.  ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, health education, and wellness coaching. Our graduates have been leading the wellness revolution with our sustainable values combined with cutting-edge, science-based holistic health education that gives graduates a firm foundation to launch or enhance their wellness careers. At ACHS we help corporations create specialized wellness strategies such as micro-credentialing packages. These initiatives help corporations support organizational wellness, leading to increased productivity, employee well-being, and a positive impact on the bottom line. ACHS is a Certified B Corp® and has been devoted to excellence in education, sustainability, and ethical business practices for over 40 years. ACHS was named #5 of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2020 by Oregon Business magazine. Sustainability and wellness are in our DNA. Contact 503-244-0726 or visit www.achs.edu for more information.