Boullion New Program Director for CFP-Board Certified Programs

Michelle Boullion head shot

Michelle Boullion

August 11, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Michelle Boullion, interim director of LSU Executive Education and adjunct faculty member in the Rucks Department of Management, has been named program director of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Certified Financial Planning-Board Certified programs.

Boullion, who has been with the college since 2012, holds a bachelor’s in speech communication from LSU, an MBA from Louisiana Tech University, and a doctorate in human resource education and workforce development from LSU. She will oversee all of the college’s CFP certificate programs.

“Serving as the program director of our certificate programs is an exciting opportunity to leverage our financial planning-related educational capabilities with those of LSU Executive Education,” Boullion said. “LSU Executive Education, which has provided non-degree, non-credit professional development programs for nearly 60 years, will offer certificate programs across a variety of educational formats – online and classroom instruction – that will make the certification preparation accessible to both business professionals and students.”

Going forward, students will still be able to fulfill the CFP educational requirements while in school, or after, through online or in-class instruction, whichever best suits their learning needs and situations. In addition, the course format will change from semester-long classes to non-degree, non-credit short courses that fulfill the national CFP Board’s requirements to sit for the CFP exam. This change in format opens the program to business professionals, as well as enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

“These changes are about moving course offerings and functions from one organizational compartment within the college to another to enhance the education and experience provided to participants,” said LSU Department of Finance Chair Rajesh Narayanan. “The changes will take effect in summer 2017.”

All current juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to fulfill the educational requirements needed to sit for the CFP exam by taking the Department of Finance’s course offerings this 2016-2017 academic year.

“Under Executive Education and with Michelle’s leadership, our ability to align our offerings with industry needs will expand exponentially,” Narayanan said. “Executive Education has a tradition of delivering professional education and training to industry and the larger LSU and Louisiana communities and is the logical place to house the CFP certificate programs to expand their current reach.”

Students will also have the opportunity to obtain additional specialized knowledge required for the CFP credential in a community setting that involves industry professionals, thanks to corporate partnerships with the financial planning industry.

As for the bachelor’s in finance, Narayanan said it will continue to provide basic skills in financial planning – principles related to diversification, asset allocation, insurance, etc. – as well as other offerings that strengthen the brand of the degree.

About LSU Executive Education
For more than 50 years, LSU Executive Education has prepared individuals and organizations to meet the challenges of a changing workplace and economy. Focusing on professional development in leadership and business, Executive Education partners with organizations who believe the key to sustainability is investing in their most valuable resource — people. Visit the LSU Executive Education home page for more information about non-credit and non-degree programs.

About the Department of Finance
The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit Department of Finance home page or call 225-578-6291.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business