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Fran Lawrence

Fran Lawrence

Associate Dean
Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor
Ourso Professor of Communication Studies #1
Department of Finance
E. J. Ourso College of Business

What was your previous position and where?

Prior to arriving at LSU, I worked for Cecil West and Associates, an advertising firm located in Jacksonville, Fla. While working at the firm, my responsibilities included public affairs and accounting activities. I was also in the process of completing my dissertation related to the effectiveness of consumer education in Florida public schools during that time period.

What brought you to LSU?

Although I enjoyed my work in industry, I felt that my doctoral education could better be served in a university setting. LSU offered an educational environment where the consumer economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels could be enhanced. In addition, the LSU AgCenter was extremely supportive of my research interests.

What is your research interest?

My current research project relates to rural health issues. I am fortunate to be a part of a multi-state project involving more than 10 universities and 30 researchers.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope that activities that I am involved with truly make a difference and contribute to the goals of Flagship 2020.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

My most enjoyable times are working with people, particularly students.

What are your major accomplishments?

My major accomplishments include assisting in the establishment of LSU's Student Financial Management Center and the Department of Finance's CFP Board-Registered Program.


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