Student learning is his first priority, according to Essayyad. "I will work with our faculty and staff to make continuous improvements in adopting new, innovative teaching methods and research related to accounting, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship disciplines. We will work together to ensure that students are actually learning the right skills and knowledge that will enrich their lives and help them land jobs with financial security."
He was previously associate dean and professor of finance in the school of business at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He has degrees in accounting, behavioral studies and finance and he received his doctorate in finance from the University of Alabama.
Essayyad has held diverse academic, business and governmental positions in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In academia, he has held endowed chair professorships and taught courses in corporate finance, investment management, international finance, and oil and gas finance at the University of Alabama, Wayne State University in Michigan, University of Alaska in Anchorage, American University of Beirut, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, University of Texas at Brownsville and the Lebanese American University. He has attended executive training at Harvard University.
He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Intergovernmental Planning Institute-Kuwait and has worked for corporations and intergovernmental organizations including the First National Bank of Chicago in London, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Getty Oil Co., American Independent Oil Co., National Association of Security Dealers, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, OPEC, International Energy Agency, International Fund for Agricultural Development and Union Oil Company of California.
He has served as editor, co-editor, associate editor and guest editor of many scholarly journals and has published many books, monographs and refereed/non-refereed articles on international finance, investment, banking and energy.
Patricia Hardy Prudhomme has been named director of the McNeese Banners Cultural Series, an annual spring event that has provided Southwest Louisiana with 20 years of performances by nationally and internationally known artists and musicians, lectures and poetry readings, and exhibits by photographers, artists and sculptors.
Prudhomme was previously regional coordinator for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. She received her Master of Science degree in guidance/agency counseling from North Carolina A&T State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in religion/Christian education from Emmanuel College. Within the community, Prudhomme is vice president of the Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society and has served as chair of the ACS Relay for Life event, is public relations chair for the League of Women Voters, a board member of the Lake Charles Symphony and the Children's and Family Action Network, and a member of the Family and Youth Counseling Agency. She has served as communications chair of the United Way of SWLA and as treasurer and board member of the Lake Charles Little Theatre.
Among her responsibilities are the management of the Banners Cultural Series, including the selection of artists with input from the Banners Volunteer Committee, and supervision of the programming and membership campaign for the series as well as the daily operations and personnel of the Banners office. She also will oversee the planning and implementation of live performances in K-12 schools and other public venues and will serve as the community liaison with the city of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury for collaborative events.
Raime Thibodeaux has been named director of counseling and student health services at McNeese. Thibodeaux was previously assistant director and counselor for the Nicholls State University Counseling Center.
Thibodeaux received both her Master of Arts degree in counseling with a specialization in community counseling and her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Louisiana State University. She is a state-licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor and is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
Among her responsibilities are the development, implementation and assessment of programs and initiatives pertaining to student health and mental health wellness, education and awareness, counseling and appraisal of students, and supervision of daily operations and personnel within the Counseling Center and administrative oversight of the Student Health Center.
Dr. Susie S. Cox, assistant professor of management at McNeese, has co-authored an article titled "An Empirical Test of Forgiveness Motives' Effects on Employees' Health and Well-Being" that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
This two-part study revealed five motives for forgiveness of workplace offenses - apology, moral, religious, relationship and lack of alternatives - and then examined the association of these motives with health and stress.
The study revealed that those who forgave for moral reasons reported less stress. Employees who forgave because they believed they had no other choice or because a higher power (religious) demanded it reported greater stress and poorer health. Forgiving for relationship and apology reasons was not related to significant changes in either stress or general health of the employee.