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What was your previous position and where?I joined LSU in 1995 as a visiting assistant professor. Previously, I was a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, where I earned my Ph.D., concentrating in real estate.
What brought you to LSU?Louisiana is home. I was born in New Orleans and graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell. Most professors can only dream about obtaining a position at the top university in their home state, especially right out of college.
What is your research interest?My research interests are in real estate and mortgages.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I want to be a part of establishing one of the best "well-rounded" finance departments in the country. This includes a collegial environment; high-quality research and discovery of truth; sincere mentoring of students at all levels — undergraduate, master's and Ph.D.; camaraderie among the best students; innovative instruction; and lasting connections with alums, employers and the larger community.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?It is probably best described as "the hustle" in the people with whom I daily interact. I enjoy observing student/instructor interaction that is meaningful and goes far beyond the assignment of a grade. I enjoy my research faculty colleagues who are truly dedicated to advancing their fields. I enjoy meeting the alums and employers who are "all in" in their support of LSU.
What are your major accomplishments?First, I believe using the term "my accomplishments" is somewhat of a misnomer. I have been blessed to play part in many wonderful things. I have several awards on my wall for research, teaching and community service, but I enjoy most the thought that I have been blessed with a desire to continually improving the daily routine. I strive to live joyously with a "stand your post" attitude.