UACS has awarded the title Professor Honoris Causa to Dr. Jeremy Cripps on October 18, 2012. Prof. Dr. Cripps serves as a Visiting professor of management and accounting and helped facilitate the ACBSP accreditation process as the appointed Mentor to UACS. Jeremy also assisted in supplementary associated accreditation procedures in the United States and international promotion of UACS in Region 8 of the ACBSP since 2010.
An NDEA scholar, he earned his BA and Master’s degree in Political Science at Case Western Reserve University and his PHD in Accounting & Economics at the Union Institute and University after Graduate Assistantship at The Ohio State University.
Following graduation from Eton College in 1962 Jeremy Cripps undertook an articled clerkship (apprenticeship) at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in London and became a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Later that year he earned an Ambassador Travelling Scholarship, from the US Experiment in International Living, providing an opportunity to travel to the United States. An invitation to attend Case Western Reserve University as an NDEA (National Defense Education Act) Fellow to teach comparative politics followed. Quite the best good fortune at university was meeting with Mary Howe and they were married in 1972.
Completing a BA in 1970 and an MA in 1971, Jeremy Cripps rejoined PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Cleveland in the tax department and subsequently was transferred to New York where he worked in International Tax. In 1973 he joined Parker-Hannifin Corporation as European Controller tasked with the implementation of the initial rolling strategic plans and computerized accounting at all locations in Europe. Based in England he was the Conservative candidate for Hammersmith North parliamentary constituency in 1979 supporting the revolution that brought Mrs. Thatcher to power. In 1979 Jeremy Cripps became the Management Accountant for Mannai Trading a conglomerate based in Qatar. Two years later he was recruited as the Director of Budgets at the Ministry of Defence in the Sultanate of Oman.
With a young family growing to school age, Jeremy Cripps returned to the United States and became a Professor of Business at Heidelberg University in Ohio. In 1994 he earned a Fulbright Scholarship for a year travelling to the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe. There he taught undergraduate courses and consulted on business topics travelling to Zambia, South Africa and Botswana. In 1995 he began a series of short term consultancies with USAID programs in the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Serbia. In 2002 he earned a second Fulbright Scholarship for a year teaching at the Technical University in Sofia and also helping USAID with the introduction of IFRS leading to a Fulbright Senior Specialist assignment to provide workshops on IFRS for the CPA Society in Bulgaria. Further travels for US AID include consultancies in Jordan, Iraq, and Tunisia.
In 2004 Prof. Jeremy Cripps, now tenured, took up a position as founding Chair of the Business and Economics Department of the American University in Kuwait. Determining to achieve accreditation for the university he became involved in ACBSP and gained accreditation for the university in 2011. His activity in the region led to him becoming President of the Region and along the way he was honored to be invited to Mentor the ACBSP accreditation process at UACS.
Prof. Jeremy Cripps’s relationship with UACS blossomed and he was able to assist with the accreditation process and other technical procedures which have ensured that UACS is recognized in Europe and the United States as the best college in Macedonia.