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Gary Sanger, LSU distinguished chair in finance and director of the SMART Lab; Bob McLean, head of CFA Institute University Relations; and Eli Jones, LSU E. J. Ourso College dean, officially sign LSU and CFA’s partnership agreement. LSU becomes the first university in Louisiana to be recognized as a CFA Institute Program Partner.

Elite Company: LSU Joins Fewer than 100 Institutions Worldwide as a CFA Institute Program Partner

LSU recently joined an elite group of institutions worldwide when the Department of Finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business was recognized as a CFA Institute Program Partner. LSU joins a group of fewer than 100 institutions across the globe and 30 in North America as a CFA Institute Program Partner. LSU becomes the first university in Louisiana and the second Southeastern Conference school to be recognized.

“This is a tremendous achievement,” said LSU E. J. Ourso College Dean Eli Jones. “The Department of Finance illustrated to CFA Institute that our undergraduate curriculum as well as our master’s of finance curriculum sufficiently cover the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and the CFA Institute ethical and professional standards to earn this distinction.”

Gary Sanger, distinguished chair in finance and director of the SMART Lab, heralded the partnership.

“This is a signal to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the department’s curriculum is tied closely to professional practice and well-suited to preparing students to sit for the three levels of CFA examinations,” Sanger said.

The CFA Program Partner initiative was launched April 4, 2006, with the announcement of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford as the inaugural CFA Program Partner.  Since then, CFA Program Partner institutions have been recognized on six continents.

“CFA Program Partners expose students to the Candidate Body of Knowledge, concepts and principles that have been identified the world over as essential to global practice,” said Bob McLean, head of CFA Institute University Relations. “We are pleased to join with LSU and see more students have the opportunity to master these fundamentals of the program and earn a CFA charter.”

CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA, and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement, or CIPM, curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Institute has nearly 100,000 members, including the world’s 83,840 CFA charterholders, in 133 countries and territories, and 136 affiliated professional societies in 57 countries and territories. More information may be found at www.cfainstitute.org. For more information on program partners, visit http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfaprog/university/partners.html.

The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the SMART Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute.

For more information, visit www.bus.lsu.edu/finance/, call 225-578-6291, or e-mail finance@lsu.edu.

Ernie Ballard | Writer | Office of Communications & University Relations
Tim Rodrigue | Editor | E. J. Ourso College of Business
April 2009