"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.”
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