MBA and Finance Professor pens his first fiction novel

The Assignment Book Cover

The Assignment

October 23, 2019

BATON ROUGE - Don Chance, James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies and professor of finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business, is a well-published author of peer-reviewed research articles and textbooks. But it was his third cancer diagnosis that led him into the world of fiction writing.

For a year or two, the same story kept running through his head. Storylines with twists and turns would occupy his thoughts late at night. It wasn’t until he was out with some fellow professors that he mentioned what he had been thinking and they encouraged him to write it down.

Chance wrote through his cancer treatment. He would string together storylines and plot twists late at night and get up and write early in the morning. The writing became his therapy and his hobby in 2017 as he dealt with his health issues. The late nights and early mornings paved the way to The Assignment, his first fiction novel.

“Being creative is a great way to deal with stress,” he said. Chance also plays guitar, composes music and has a guitar vocal act. “When you write nonfiction, you have to tell the truth. With fiction, you make it up and ensure the pieces fall in place.”

The Assignment is the story of Catherine “CJ” McCarter - president of a university, accomplished economist, married to her college sweetheart and mother of a beautiful and intelligent college-age daughter. But her life is not what it seems. Becoming embroiled in an academic scandal and being threatened by blackmail that could end her career and dismantle her life, CJ must reckon with parts of her life that have long been unexamined.

The novel has many subplots cleverly woven into the story, surprising the reader throughout the story, and many readers say the book reads as if a woman wrote it. Chance credits that to being a father to all daughters, which gave him an inside perspective on the female mind. He also draws on his 40 years as a university professor to introduce the reader to the dedication and professionalism of academics that are too often unknown, the importance of scholarly research in the life of a university, and the altruism that motivates many university decisions.

The Assignment is the first installation in a planned trilogy penned by Chance. He discloses the second book has already been written…but the fate of CJ McCarter is yet to be sealed.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business