Faculty & Staff

The MBA Professors

Robert Braun, Ph.D., Accounting, Louisiana State University; holds Certified Internal Auditor designation; published numerous articles in leading academic and pedagogical journals; serves on the editorial board of a leading educational journal; more than 20 years of university teaching experience; teaches accounting and auditing.


David Bowes, Ph.D., Economics, Georgia State University; primary fields in urban economics and environmental economics; prior to teaching full time worked as a research consultant in regional economic development in Cincinnati, Ohio; holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Trinity University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University; teaches economics.

Michael Budden, Ph.D., currently teaches marketing. Graduate of the University of Arkansas. Dr. Budden has 20 years of academic administration experience - 14 years as the Dean of two universities. He has consulted for banks, health care organizations, professional associations and marketing research firms. Dr. Budden brings significant management and research experience to the classroom, he has over 140 publications, including two books and has spoken in a dozen countries.


Paul Carruth, Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Licensed CPA, State of Louisiana; Professor of Accounting; primary area of teaching and research is Cost/Managerial Accounting; member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.


Robert Cope III, Ph.D., teaches project management. His doctorate is in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University, and he has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Dr. Cope is the Interim Department Head of Marketing and Finance. Dr. Cope has published many articles in several peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.Industry experience includes employment as an Underground Zone Technical Engineer with Houston Lighting & Power Company, Field Engineer with General Electric,consultant for Louisiana State University’s Center for Energy Studies, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and Acadian Consulting. Dr. Cope holds Professional Engineering Licenses in Electrical Engineering with the states of Texas and Louisiana.


Harold Davis, D.B.A., Accounting, Louisiana Tech University; Associate Professor of Accounting; prior to entering academia, Dr. Davis worked as a CPA for four years in public accounting; worked as a consultant for two years providing systems analysis and programming services to clients; published or presented more than twenty five papers; research interests in areas of the impact of new technology on accounting systems; teaches accounting.


Dean DiGregorio, Ph.D., Accounting, University of Houston; Associate Professor of Accounting; prior to entering academia, Dr. DiGregorio worked as a CPA for eleven years in public accounting; taught at the University of Houston as a Visiting Professor before joining the faculty at Southeastern; teaches accounting.


Dr. Rakesh Duggal teaches finance. He received his doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He is a former Department Head of Marketing and Finance with over thirty years of teaching experience. He has been published in major finance journals and provides consultations to small businesses and nonprofit organizations, including Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.


Samuel Cappel, D.B.A., University of Memphis; Professor; consults in the areas of business management/strategy; has provided training programs for both public and private employers of various sizes; three years of full time experience in manufacturing; eight years of administrative experience in health care; qualified in Federal District court to offer expert testimony in the area of business management; teaches health care management.


John Cresson, Ph.D., Finance, Texas A&M University; B.S., Physics, Loyola University; Associate Professor; Director of the Executive MBA program; served as a consultant to various businesses, individuals, and organizations, including the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Oklahoma Society of Financial Analysts, and American Express Financial Advisors; published or presented more than twenty five papers; research interests in the areas of corporate and portfolio diversification, index mutual funds, and measures of risk; awarded most outstanding MBA faculty member by MBA students; taught Finance, MBA, and EMBA classes for seven years in Oklahoma before joining the faculty at Southeastern; teaches finance.


Jay Johnson, Ph.D., Teaches graduate Managerial Economics and Energy Economics.  His doctorate in Economics is from the University of Houston.  He also has an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Mississippi.  Dr. Johnson studies energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics.  He has published several articles on these subjects and articles on teaching economic principles.  He has ten years of experience teaching economics as well as 15 years of experience in research, sales, and management in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industries.


Michael Jones, Ph.D., Completed his PhD. from the University of Missouri, teaches Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Active in both academic business professional organizations, Dr. Jones has held numerous leadership roles, including President of the Transportation Club of Baton Rouge, the National Association of Purchasing Managers and Atlantic Marketing Association. He has authored over 70 articles in both trade and academic journals.


Rusty Juban, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington; Associate Professor; Department Head of Management; executive trainer for six years with the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; consultant to various businesses and organizations including government and nonprofit agencies; specialized research and publication in employee behavior, human resources, and new workplace technologies; teaches management.


Sang Lee, Ph.D., University of Florida; Associate Professor; eight years of teaching experience in Industrial Economics, Managerial Economics, and Business Strategy at the graduate and undergraduate levels; authored seven ancillaries for major college economics textbooks; published and presented more than thirty research papers; research interests in the areas of network industries and industrial regulation; taught in Florida before joining the faculty at Southeastern; teaches economics.


Joseph Morris, Ph.D., University of Mississippi; Associate Professor; former Department Head of Accounting; holds the CPA designation; served as a consultant to several businesses in the private financial sector; numerous publications in refereed journals in the areas of financial accounting and taxation; more than twenty-five years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels; teaches accounting.


Avinash Waikar, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; Professor; registered professional engineer with the Louisiana State Board of Professional Engineers; has approximately nine years of industrial/manufacturing experience in operations management; served as a consultant in the areas of operations management and statistics to businesses; published numerous journal articles in operations management and business; recipient of an Outstanding Paper Award; teaches statistics.



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