January 14, 2014

GSU College of Business Dean Named

“New” dean Tsegai Emmanuel returns to role he held previously, promises strong
student recruitment and corporate connections

Tsegai Emmanuel has been selected as the new dean of the College of Business. He is a former professor of management in the Department of Management and Marketing.

Tsegai Emmanuel has been selected as the new dean
of the College of Business. He is a former professor
of management in the Department of Management and

GRAMBLING, La. – One Grambling State University professor received a promotion with the start of the new year. Tsegai Emmanuel has been selected as the new dean of the College of Business. He is a former professor of management in the Department of Management and Marketing.

"This was a national search, well organized and we had a strong field of candidates,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “The finalist pool was impressive. I heard nothing but good things from faculty, staff and students except for one thing — asking how we’re going to choose from such a strong batch.

"We are fortunate to have a long-serving individual step into one of the strongest areas at the university,” added Pogue. “The College of Business has a special role at the university because the business faculty prepares students for careers in the business world, largely through businesses and corporations we count on for strong partnerships and programs. We are looking forward to benefiting from his many years of experience."

The university’s top academic officer worked with a diverse search committee for months, including an exhaustive and specific criteria review and finalist on-campus interviews with administration, faculty, staff and students as well as presentations. “I was excited when Dr. Emmanuel shared with me during the interview that if he were the successful candidate he wanted to still teach and his management style would be that of shared governance” added Connie Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs.  “His commitment to teaching indicated he would maintain a student centered focus.  I believe that under Dr. Emmanuel’s leadership the College of Business will continue to excel.” 

This is Emmanuel’s second stint as the dean of the College of Business; the first time he started in 1980. During his first deanship, he raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, faculty development and research and student participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops.  He also was responsible for the installation of $250,000 of state-of-the-art computers using non-state funds.

 “I am quite elated to serve once again as dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University,” said Emmanuel, who served as dean at the GSU business college 1980-1990. “My strategic plan is simple: to maintain accreditation, to recruit students and to establish a strong link with corporations.”

Emmanuel received his bachelor’s in production management from Oklahoma State University in 1968. He continued his studies at OSU, earning a master’s in international business in 1970. He earned his Ph.D. in management and policy administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., in 1978.   

Emmanuel teaches several classes at Grambling State. He teaches strategic management and business policy, entrepreneurship, fundamental of business, operations management and international business, all undergraduate classes. He taught graduate classes until 1990, including international human resource management, environmental analysis of international business, and management of strategic planning system. 

Emmanuel owns and operates two small businesses in Grambling community — Stop and Shop Exxon and Stop and Shop Grambling Junction. He also supports Grambling businesses through the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, he has co-authored two books, “Challenges Facing Expatriate Performance Abroad” with Marcus D. Jones and Semere Haile and “International Business Journal of Business Research,” Vol. VII, No. 5, pp. 100-105 in 2007 with Jones. He also wrote several non-pedagogical articles focusing about entrepreneurship and African Americans’ impact on economic development.  

During his more than 30 years of service at Grambling State, Emmanuel spent time on several university committees: reorganization, evaluation, faculty award, curriculum committee, promotion and tenure, a distance learning task force and a host of others.  Professionally, he is a recognized member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business and the Southwest Business Administration Association. Emmanuel is also a board member of North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

Emmanuel is married to Karen Emmanuel, who served as associate vice president for human resources for 24 years at Grambling State before retiring. They attend Trinity Methodist Church in Ruston. They have two children, Sarah Emmanuel  Gleusman, who works as a physical therapist at the University of Pittsburg and Rebecca Emmanuel Rooney, who works as an asset fund manager with Chase in New York City.


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January 2, 2014

Grambling State Graduates Four With 4.0 GPAs

GRAMBLING, La. -Grambling State University is graduating more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students at its Friday morning fall commencement, including four students with 4.0 GPAs.

Gayle Tricia Andrew
Andrew, a native of Castries, St. Lucia, is the daughter of Egbert and Genitha Andrew and she’s a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. She has worked with Circle K International, the Favrot Student Union Board and the board’s artistic and cultural committee. She plans to return home to work in her island nation’s accounting department then continuing her education. “My time at Grambling State University has been memorable and extremely rewarding, as promised by one of my friends, who is now a successful alumna of the institution. She influenced my decision to attend Grambling, through sharing her accomplishments and experiences. I always wanted to gain my first degree in the United States and Grambling State University seemed quite appropriate. I have put in hard work and dedicated my efforts to maintaining my academic standards, and it truly paid off! I am overwhelmed with elation to be among the highest ranking graduates.”

“After graduation I am returning to St. Lucia to render my services in the field of Accounting. I look forward to gaining additional knowledge and experience. I also plan on furthering my education in the near future, directing my focus on international business/marketing.”

Sabrina Fanet Joseph
The daughter of Fabien and Cleffa Joseph, Joseph is from Vielle Case, Dominica. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, a member of the College of Business Economics and Finance Club and a member of the Favrot Student Union Board and its artistic and cultural committee. She will start a new job as a staff auditor with Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Tampa, Florida, after graduation. “I chose GSU because of its history. I felt proud to have achieved such a high academic achievement because it showed that hard work pays off and that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. Life at GSU has shaped me into a professional individual and has exposed me to opportunities that I would not have gotten elsewhere. In the near future I will be employed in public accounting and will also be pursuing my public accountant certification.”

Landry Samo Kopdjous
Kopdjous arrived at GSU from Douala, Cameroon. An accounting major, he is the son of Bertrand and Georgette Kopdjous and a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. He plans to start a new job as a financial auditor with Deloitte & Touche, LLP in New York City next year.  “I decided to come to Grambling State University because I wanted a university that was able to align my desire for academic excellence, coupled with an environment where I could strive as an individual.  Moreover, the well-structured medium sized classes, the academic proximity I could have with my professors and the interaction with so many students with completely different but nonetheless amazing talents made it clear to me that Grambling State was a solid foundation for greatness.  It is truly grandiose and definitely a blessing to be the top graduate student of my class.  Even though I’m definitely enjoying the moment, I definitely know that this is just the beginning of my prowess.  Future greater achievements are sure to come my way.  My immediate plan includes preparing myself to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Afterwards I will begin my career as a Financial Auditor for a Public Accounting Firm in New York City.”

Roxan Amanda Stephenson
The daughter of Roy and Elaine Stephenson, Stephenson is biology major from Riviere Cyrique, Dominica. She has been a member of the Grambling State University Biology Club, the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society and the GSU Catholic Student Organization. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and to work as a clinical treatment researcher in the field of infectious diseases.  “I was awarded a scholarship from the Government of Dominica to continue my studies in Biological Sciences at Grambling State University. GSU seemed a suitable choice for achieving my goals since I had heard of the outstanding reputation of Department of Biology through previous students.   Moreover, I am honored and extremely proud to be amongst the top ranking students for the fall 2013 commencement ceremony.”

“I aim to continue my studies and attain a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Furthermore, in the future I hope to participate in research which can be used in clinical treatment.”

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