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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice.

ACEND Executive Director Announced

Mary B. Gregoire, PhD, RD, FADA, FAND, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The extensive national search began in July 2013 with a letter to educators and preceptors welcoming recommendations for potential candidates.

Dr. Gregoire comes from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she has been the director of food and nutrition services since 2006 and professor and chair of the department of clinical nutrition since 2008. Previously, she was a professor and department chair at Iowa State University; associate director of applied research at the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi; and a faculty member at Kansas State University.

Dr. Gregoire is a well-known and respected Academy member with the background, vision, strong interpersonal and consensus building skills needed to be successful in this position. She has broad experience in dietetics education having taught in and managed didactic and coordinated programs in dietetics, dietetic internships and advanced degree programs. She has been a leader in setting accreditation expectations for dietetic education programs over the course of her career, having served on both the Task Force to Revise Dietetic Education Competencies and the Task Force on Education Standards. As department chair at Iowa State University, she served as lead reviewer during accreditation site visits for the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

She received an undergraduate degree in dietetics and master’s degree in institution management, both from North Dakota State University, and a doctorate in university foodservice/hospitality management from Kansas State University.

Dr. Gregoire has received numerous awards for her teaching and scholarship, and is the author or co-author of dozens of publications on topics including education and management in dietetics. She has written the last four editions (including the 8th edition, published in 2013) of Foodservice Organizations: A Managerial and Systems Approach (Pearson/Prentice Hall), as well as an instructor’s guide for the book.

A member of the Academy since 1975, Dr. Gregoire is recognized for her service to our organization and profession. She is a member of the Coding and Coverage Committee's Coding Survey Methodology Task Force. She is also a member of the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors and the Management in Food and Nutrition Systems dietetic practice group and a past member of the Journal's Board of Editors.


ACEND publishes documents related to its accreditation process and makes them available to the public. Additional resources for directors of new and established programs are available through the Program Director Portal.

Program Director Portal

ACEND provides an on-line accreditation forum for dietetics program directors that includes information and forms for meeting ACEND accreditation requirements, and opportunities for discussion.

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