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Southeastern EMBA class has record enrollment

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Executive Master of Business Administration program has experienced a record enrollment this year. 

     Twenty students are enrolled in the current class, up from 14 last year. Classes are limited in size in order to encourage meaningful participation, and they are taught by Southeastern faculty selected for their proven ability to teach mature, experienced adults.

     Randy Settoon, Dean of the College of Business, attributes the growth to the convenience and structure of the program.

     “I believe our program’s hallmark is the quality instruction that we are able to offer in a program that fits the students’ needs for it to be both time and cost-effective,” he said.

     Since the EMBA program was established in 1999, 91 business people have earned the specially-tailored, fast-track master’s degree.

     The 17-month program allows individuals to earn an MBA degree in a relatively short time period.  Since the program is taught in a half online, half in class format, with physical class meetings held alternating Saturdays, the work and travel schedules of busy business people are minimally affected.  The combination of classroom and online delivery gives participants the advantages of both technological and personalized instruction.

     According to David Wyld, Maurin Professor of Management and EMBA program coordinator, the students enrolled in the program are hard working and impress the faculty with their diligence and creativity.

     “As coordinator of the program, I’m pleased to work with these high-caliber individuals who are dedicating a year and a half of their lives to bettering themselves and their future prospects,” he said.

     Current EMBA student and vice president of engineering at Cox Communications, Michael Latino chose Southeastern because of the program’s time and cost effectiveness.

     “When I began to evaluate the available EMBA programs, I quickly came to the conclusion that Southeastern’s program represented the best value for educational dollars,” he said.  “I have three children, so finding a program that would allow me to maintain a good balance between work, family and school obligations was extremely important.  Southeastern’s program met that requirement.”

     Kristen Porter of Lakeview Regional Medical Center and recipient of the May 2007 Outstanding EMBA Graduate Award, decided to enroll in the program after a promotion at work.

     “I have 13 years of clinical experience as a staff nurse and a clinical manager.  When I enrolled into the program, I had been promoted to administrative director of Surgical Services,” she said.  “I wanted and needed to learn the financial and business aspects of my position.  Now I can speak the same lingo as my CFO.” 

     The application deadline for the January 2008 class is Dec. 1.  The projected graduation date for students who enroll is May 2009.  Interested parties must have professional work experience to be considered for the program.

     For additional information about the EMBA program, contact Wyld at 985-549-2146 or

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