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Management and Leadership Institute

The Management and Leadership Institute for the Universities of Louisiana (M&LI) is a two-semester program for mid-career faculty and staff who aspire to broadened academic, professional or administrative leadership roles.

Program Description

The Institute will immerse participants in a program designed to maximize their effectiveness in management roles. Participants will gain a deeper understanding for effective leadership in higher education. They will learn how to develop diverse, high-performing teams; manage and implement change; analyze financial, student and market data; and identify and seize opportunities in the increasingly competitive market driven environment of higher education.

Program Structure

Nine two-day sessions will be held over the course of two semesters, with each of the Universities of Louisiana hosting a two-day session. Participants will develop leadership skills and competencies by exploring case studies, presentations, and readings; engaging in group projects identifying, assessing and addressing a system-wide issue; and fulfilling an extended mentoring/job-shadowing component.

Target Participant

The nominee should be one who has potential for increased leadership responsibility and achievement within higher education. Nominations for participation are submitted by campus presidents who recognize a need for an expanded pool of future leaders and want to recognize and encourage the development of designated colleagues to assume increasing leadership responsibility. Nominees must be willing and able to attend and participate in all curriculum sessions and other requisite activities.

Goals for Institute Participants

- Gain familiarity with contemporary challenges facing academic and administrative leaders.
- Deepen understanding of fundamental perspectives and concepts of leadership as they apply in higher education.
- Enhance personal and professional leadership competencies.
- Advance the UL System by leading a system-based group project from conception through completion.
- Increase understanding of important dimensions of higher education administration, including organizational structure and mission, governance, finance and budgeting, legal and regulatory issues, diversity and ethics.


Lynette D. Bates

University of New Orleans

The life of Lynette Denise Bates as a First Generation college student unfolds much like the intricate blooming layers of a pink rose propelled by the wondrous and captivating scents of resiliency, gratitude, and joy.  As an enthusiastic servant of postsecondary education, Lynette has wholeheartedly embraced the work of the TRIO college access programs for the low-income, first-generation, and/or students with disabilities.  Daily she seeks to discover the powerful answers to the questions of why through utilizing her gifts of administration, teaching, wisdom, and discernment as the Director of the University of New Orleans Classic Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.  Surely, the scent of her rose petals of service and leadership are filled with the scholarly impressions of her master gardeners: New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education with a Specialization in Social Work); Louisiana College (Bachelor of Religious Education with a Minor in Communications); and the New Orleans Public Schools. The wonder of her enchanting fragrance of service is captured in her esteemed work as a national, regional, and state college access leader and trainer as well as a devoted community volunteer and servant leader.  Lynette credits her strong inclination towards the practice of being a life-long learner and servant leader to her amazing parents, siblings, extended family members, friends, associates, community leaders, mentors, staff, and students.

Christine Berry, Ph.D.

University of Louisiana Monroe

Dr. Christine Berry joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 2001 and is Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute and program coordinator for the risk management and insurance program. Prior to joining ULM in 2001, Berry was a Risk Management Consultant and later the Director of Education with Reinsurance Brokers E. W. Blanch and Benfield Group in Minneapolis, MN and Dallas, TX. As Director of Education, she was responsible for the courses and materials for a widely recognized insurance and reinsurance educational institute.  Berry previously was an Assistant Professor of Insurance at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In 2004, she was appointed to the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission (LIRC) and from 2005 to 2010, Berry worked on various research projects for the Louisiana Department of Insurance.  Her work on the LIRC and with the department of insurance resulted in works published in several academic journals. In 2007 Berry served on the Property and Casualty Insurance Commission and was also in 2007, Berry was first a member and later the Chair of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) which then administered the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. In 2010, Dr. Berry began work with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) under a grant provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to study the condition of risk management among small businesses in Louisiana.  In 2011, she became the Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute (SBRMI) which was established to research, educate, and advocate for small businesses in the area of risk management and insurance.  She has presented findings from the SBRMI’s research to the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission (2010), at the America’s SBDC Annual Conference (2012), at the National Hurricane Conference (2013) and at the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana Convention (2019). Berry earned a B.S. in Finance from West Virginia University Berry and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. She has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.

Dr. Christopher Broadhurst

University of New Orleans

Chris Broadhurst is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, focusing on higher education, at the University of New Orleans. After receiving his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis, with a concentration in higher education, from North Carolina State University in 2012, he joined the University of New Orleans in August of 2013 following a one-year visiting position at the University of Southern Mississippi. He brings an array of teaching experience at a variety of institutional types, including a traditional high school, an early college, a community college, a 4-year liberal arts college, and 2 different research universities. In addition to serving as a faculty member, he is currently the graduate program coordinator for both the Higher Education Administration master’s program and the Educational Administration doctoral program. Chris’s teaching focuses on organizational cultures, climates, and change in higher education. His research agenda utilizes historical, quantitative, and qualitative methods to examine the impact of campus activism on organizational and policy change. His most recent line of research explored how campus administrators and staff advocate for students from marginalized backgrounds to foster more inclusive environments in higher education. He recently embarked on a new research project that is investigating the deaths of two campus activists at Southern University-Baton Rouge in 1972. His research has appeared in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, New Directions for Higher Education, and the Journal of College and Character.

Dr. Lisa Broussard

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Lisa Broussard has been a nurse educator for the past 27 years, with the past eight years as a nursing education administrator.  She received her BSN from USL, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from LSU Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Broussard served as Department Head for Nursing for 7 years, and has been the Associate Dean for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions for the past year.  Dr. Broussard’s scholarship has focused on school nursing practice as well as the establishment of best practices in online nursing education. She is currently working on a funded research study examining the role of academic coaches in the online learning environment.  Lisa has served UL Lafayette in various leadership roles, and she is currently the Moderator for the Associate Deans Council, and well as the Chairperson for the Academic Sub Group of the Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee.  She was recently recognized as a 2019 Fellow by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, and is a 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership in Academic Nursing Programs Fellow. Dr. Broussard was chosen to serve as a Mentor for the 2018-2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, and is currently serving as President of the Delta Eta Chapter.

Scott Burrell

Northwestern State University

Scott Burrell is the Interim Director of The Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University. Before becoming Director, he was the Chair of the NSU Theatre and Dance program for twelve years. Scott has also been a member of the theatre faculty since 1998. Under his guidance the theatre/dance program grew its enrollment by 30%, established a BFA in Dance, four faculty lines were created and over $300,000.00 in grant funds were awarded.  He is currently coordinating a $500,000.00 renovation to NSU’s  A.A. Fredricks Auditorium.  His educational background includes a B.A in Theatre from Catawba College and a M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Scott has served in a number of leadership roles at Northwestern including the University Registrar Search Committee Chair, Grievance Committee Chair, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, and many other committee memberships. He was also awarded the NSU Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2017. Scott also holds a Teacher Certification in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. In his free time, Scott enjoys refereeing soccer.

Jazmine Cherry

Grambling State University

Jazmine is the Student Ombudsperson in the Office of the President. She officially joined Grambling in 2017. Jazmine investigates student complaints received by the President and/or his COO regarding campus policies and procedures as it relates to student involvement. She has become involved in various university committees such as, Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Don’t Cancel Class. Her educational background includes a B.A. in English from Grambling State University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University. She is currently planning to obtain her Doctorate Degree in Leadership Studies. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and catching up on television.

Emily Essex

University of Louisiana Monroe

Emily Z. Essex began her career in higher education in 2007 at Louisiana Tech University as the Coordinator of Intramurals and Club Sports. Emily returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2017 as the Director of Student Life and Leadership and Student Government Association Advisor at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from Grambling State University. During her time in higher education, Emily has served on numerous committees in a variety of areas while also overseeing and implementing programs to continue bettering the institutions she has served. Emily has always been passionate about working with students and creating programs that aid in the promoting of student retention and development. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and working in her yard.


Todd M. Keller DNS, RN

Nicholls State University

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Keller, a native of Morgan City, became a hospital corpsman and realized his love for interacting with people and patients. When he returned home, he began working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Nicholls State University. His Master of Science in Nursing was earned through University of Phoenix, New Orleans campus, and his Doctor of Nursing Science was earned at LSU Health in New Orleans. Keller joined the Nicholls faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of nursing and held many different positions within the College of Nursing including Director of Continuing Nursing Education; Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention, Admissions, and Progression; and BSN Program Director. While working in the College one of his favorite activities was working on accreditation reports, for both the BSN Program and the Continuing Nursing Education Program. For the past five years Keller has been working in the Office of Academic Affairs where he currently serves as Vice Provost. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the classroom working with nursing students; the opportunity to assist the University on a more global level, and to get to know students across all majors, is his new passion.  In his spare time, Keller has worked in live theater – acting, directing and performing other technical roles in the staging of a show; a hobby to which he would love to return. Keller has resided in Thibodaux since 1990 and considers this the town where he truly grew up. Like so many others, his working career began at McDonalds then traveled through Kroger’s supermarket and Domino’s Pizza. His professional career included emergency nursing at Lakewood Hospital in Morgan City (now Teche Regional Medical Center) and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in intensive care nursing. Now, his heart belongs to Nicholls State University.

Dr. Jessica Leger

University of Louisiana Lafayette

Dr. Jessica Leger, the Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, has been a member of the Louisiana’s Department of Athletics staff since Summer 2007, when she became the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance. In 2012, Leger added oversight of the Student-Athlete Academic Center and was promoted to Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). Her role grew with the Ragin’ Cajuns in July 2016, as she ascended to the position of Deputy Director of Athletics. Additionally, Leger was named Interim Director of Athletics in November 2016 to assist in the department’s transition in leadership. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Ragin’ Cajuns, Leger oversees the department of Compliance, Student-Athlete Academic Services, the Geaux Cajuns Student-Athlete Success program, the Athletic Performance department, and the Sports Medicine department. She also serves as the sport program administrator for the softball program, and is the Title IX Coordinator for Louisiana Athletics. Leger joined the Department of Athletics staff after spending three years in the teaching profession. A former member of the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2003. She later earned her Master’s of Education in education administration with a supervision concentration from the University in May 2006. She received her Ph.D. in higher education administration in 2010 from Louisiana State University. As a student, she was an active member of the University’s academic community and student body, serving as the Student Government Association President and Homecoming Queen in 2002. Leger was also the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Outstanding Graduate in the Spring 2003. Leger and her husband, Lance, reside in Lafayette with their daughter, Estelle, and son, Landon.

Katherine Mabile

Nicholls State University

Katherine Gianelloni Mabile is the Director of Alumni Affairs at Nicholls State University, a position she has held since April 2017.  Prior to being the Alumni Director, Katherine was the Acting Director of Alumni Affairs and Alumni Engagement Coordinator. Katherine has been with Nicholls since 2015 and enjoys connecting and working with alumni and giving back to her Alma mater through her career. She is a CASE District IV scholarship recipient, graduate of the 2017 Leadership Lafourche program, ambassador for the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, a member of ALAE, chair of the Nicholls Homecoming Committee and co-chair of Nicholls Give-N-Day. Katherine also serves on multiple university committees, including the Traditions Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She is a native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Katherine obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Nicholls and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Nicholls.

Dr. Angel Ogea

McNeese State University

Dr. Angel Ogea is the dean of the Burton College of Education at McNeese State University. Prior to her appointment as dean, Ogea served as interim dean from 2018-2019, and before that, served as the Assistant Department Chair within the Department of Education Professions, as well as Co-Assessment Coordinator and Co-CAEP Coordinator for the Burton College of Education. Ogea is an associate professor and teaches courses within the elementary and early childhood baccalaureate programs and in the educational leadership Master of Education program. Before coming to McNeese in 2015, Ogea was an administrator and classroom teacher. Ogea is nationally certified through multiple agencies including CAEP, EdTPA, and St. Cloud State University: Co-Teaching.  Her passions include empowering students through initiatives such as EdRising and Peer Initiative Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) and investing in her community by leading events like Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsoring the purchase of graduation honor cords for veterans, and promoting various activities through the Burton College of Education such as canned food drives, book collections, and items for victims of natural disasters.

Julie Powell

Northwestern State University

Julie A Powell is the Director of University Plant Services and Environmental Health & Safety at Northwestern State University. Powell joined the Northwestern State University Faculty/Staff Family in 2003. At Northwestern State, she is in charge of Asset Management, Property Control, Central Receiving, the NSU Warehouse, and the EHS Office. She is also a member of the UL System’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, and has been designated as an Ambassador for the National Weather Service’s Weather Ready Nation Program. Powell’s educational background includes a B.S. in General Studies from Northwestern State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned both of her degrees while holding the role of single parent, and working fulltime. Two of her three children are Northwestern State University graduates. She spent thirteen years working with students as the Assistant Director of the Wellness, Recreation & Activity Center, where she was also in charge of Club Sports Organizations. She moved into her current position in February of 2018. Powell continues her education in safety through trainings, workshops and conferences hosted by the Louisiana Office of Risk Management (ORM), A.J. Gallagher Brokerage Firm, (URMIA) University Risk Management & Insurance Association, (NCS4) National Sports Safety & Security Summits, as well as numerous other venues. Julie is a lifelong resident of Natchitoches Parish, and intends on retiring there one day.

Jennifer A. Riley

Louisiana Tech University

Jennifer Riley is the Assistant Vice President of University Advancement and General Counsel at Louisiana Tech University. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science – Pre-Law from Louisiana Tech University in 1995 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University in 1998.  Jennifer practiced law for four years. During that time, she had the opportunity to work with Louisiana Tech University Foundation drafting wills for clients which included Louisiana Tech as the beneficiary. Shortly into her law career, she was given the opportunity to work for Louisiana Tech University using her knowledge of planned giving as a development officer. Jennifer served as Director of Development from 2002 through 2008, as Executive Director of Development & Legal Counsel from 2008-2017, and now serves as Assistant Vice President of University Advancement & General Counsel. In her current role, Jennifer is responsible for assisting in the planning and coordination of the comprehensive fundraising program of the University and provides leadership in management of the overall budget of the Louisiana Tech University Foundation as well as the investment of Foundation assets. Jennifer provides legal counsel to the affiliated organizations of Louisiana Tech University and was instrumental in the creation of the Louisiana Tech Research Corporation (LTRC) and Louisiana Tech Innovations, LLC (LTI). During her tenure at Louisiana Tech, Jennifer has served on various committees including the University Grievance Committee, the University Equipment Committee, the University Senate, and the Strategic Learning Team.  Jennifer is the founder of Lagniappe Ladies, Louisiana Tech’s first women’s only giving society. A particular point of pride for Jennifer is her work in drafting the first multi-media rights agreement approved by the University of Louisiana System, which provided the pathway for increased revenues for the benefit of Louisiana Tech Athletics and provided the pathway for sister institutions to follow to increase funding for their athletic departments. Jennifer and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of Leyton (17), Carson (15), and Ainsley (13).

Dr. Kevin J. Roberson

Grambling State University

Kevin Roberson is an Assistant Professor of chemistry at Grambling State University. He joined the Grambling family in 2017. His educational background includes a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Bio-Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University. His passion is to further bridge the gap between academia, industry, and community. To that end, prior to joining the GSU faculty, he spent time in academia, industry, and the non-profit sector while living in New Orleans. He taught chemistry at Dillard University, consulted through his company Kraev Laboratories, LLC., and helped develop STEM NOLA into a nationally recognized organization. With STEM NOLA, he developed STEM modules to expose, engage, and inspire K-12 students to the possibilities of the 21st century. Through Kraev Labs, he worked as the lead R&D Chemist for Golden Leaf Energy, Inc., where he developed some of the most cost-effective lubricants for down well drilling in the oil and gas industry to date. He continues this work of bridging academia, industry, and community at GSU. He currently serves as faculty advisor for the Grambling Chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and the Grambling Chemistry Club. He also serves on the Faculty Research and Creative Works Symposium Committee and the Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Innovations Committee at GSU. He has served on advisory boards for multiple New Orleans high schools. He holds professional affiliations with NOBCChE and the American Chemical Society. His interests include: Developing the next generation of STEM professionals, establishing and maintaining community, and solving human problems through chemistry and collaboration.

Michael T. Snowden, Ph.D.

McNeese State University

Dr. Michael T. Snowden is the Chief Diversity and Title IX Officer (CDO) in the Office of Inclusive Excellence at McNeese State University.  He has worked in this position for eight years.  As CDO, he moved the focus of diversity from the act of compliance to the operation of compassion.  Just recently the office was renamed from the Office of Equal Opportunity to the Office of Inclusive Excellence to reflect that paradigm shift.  Dr. Snowden completed undergraduate and graduate work from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, with the completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1997, with a concentration in higher education administration.  Dr. Snowden has been recognized for his tireless work to increase equity/inclusion and his commitment to student success which include the 2007 Bobby E. Leach award from SACSA, the Armstrong Atlantic State University Advisor of the year award, and the 2001 Kappa Man of the Year from the Savannah Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.  Dr. Snowden strives to be a positive force in whatever endeavor he undertakes and he is committed to working with students and universities to make them better places than when he arrived.  His motto is – If I can help somebody as I travel along…than my living shall not be in vain.

Dr. Chris Thomas

McNeese State University

Dr. Chris Thomas is the Vice President for Student Affairs. He leads all areas of the student affairs division. Dr. Thomas joined the McNeese community as coordinator of student activities in 2006 and has also served as an assistant dean of students, associate dean of students, and assistant vice president during his tenure at McNeese. A graduate of Westminster College, Thomas received his master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas State University and the doctorate in higher education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Thomas has professional interests in program review and institutional assessment, student advocacy, and student psychological and moral development.  Dr. Thomas previously worked in student affairs roles at the University of North Texas and Texas State University-San Marcos.

Donna Thomas

Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Donna Thomas is Chair of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. Donna is the George and Jean Baldwin Endowed Professor and holds the rank of Associate Professor. Her higher education experience began as a graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While matriculating in the doctoral program at Louisiana Tech., Donna taught as an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Psychology at ULM and was a graduate Teaching/Research Assistant at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Thomas joined the faculty at Louisiana Tech University in 2005. She served as Director of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program from 2006 to 2012. In 2010, she was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP). She was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Louisiana Tech’s College of Education in 2010 and received her department’s Outstanding Service Award for four consecutive years, from 2007 – 2010. In 2012, Thomas was promoted to Associate Professor and became Department Chair. She has written or overseen multiple accreditation self-studies for the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Thomas serves on a number of university committees, including the Threat Assessment Team and the College of Education Administrative Council. In all, Thomas has more than 21 years of clinical, academic, and administrative experience in the field of Psychology. In 2007, Dr. Thomas was named a member of the Louisiana Tech President’s Athletics Council and in 2014 was appointed Chair of the council. She is the institution’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, serving as liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and as a representative of the university to Conference USA and the NCAA. Donna has four (adult) children and four grandchildren and spends most of her leisure time enjoying family activities and LA Tech sports.

Dr. Gabe Willis

Southeastern Louisiana University

Dr. Gabe Willis became a member of the Southeastern family in August of 2013. He was hired as an Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Excellence where he worked to challenge, engage, and grow young freshman minds. During that time Dr. Willis cross trained in the Office of Student Conduct; serving as a Student Conduct Hearing Board member and chairperson. This training allowed him expand his role and duties at the University. Dr. Willis served the Center for Student Excellence and Office of Student Conduct before being named the Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability on December 5, 2016. Since accepting the role as Director, Willis has worked to increase his involvement and productivity at Southeastern. He has also spearheaded the University’s early alert system, The Lion Intervention Network or LINK. Dr. Willis has lead and served on a number of committees including, the Alcohol Use and Education Advisory Committee, University Policy on Hazing, and Student Opinion of Teaching Survey (SOT) Committee to name a few. Dr. Willis was also appointed as Deputy Title IX Coordinator where he oversees the Campus Assault, Response, and Education Team (CARE) and leads all investigations involving students. In the August of 2018, Dr. Willis was appointed to Interim Dean of Students. He earned the full-time title as permanent Dean of Students in March of 2019. Dr. Willis is a native of Waveland, MS. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Willis continued his educational journey at William Carey University where he completed degree requirements for a Specialist in Education in 2012 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration in 2015. Willis is married to Miranda Willis who is employed as a Nurse Practitioner. They have two children, Madison (8) and Noah (6).  His interest include, weight training, bowling, shooting pool, and swimming in contained water.

Dr. Jeffrey Wright

Southeastern Louisiana University

Jeffrey Wright is the Department Head of Music and Performing Arts at Southeastern Louisiana University where he is also Associate Professor of Music. Prior to his appointment at Southeastern, Wright was Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music History at Indiana University South Bend. As a musicologist, Wright’s work focuses on 20th-century American music, both art and popular. His primary research focuses on the American composer Samuel Barber and his life and career during World War II. In addition to his musicological work, Wright has published on music history pedagogy and is currently the Chair of the Pedagogy Interest Group for the Society for American Music.

Bryan J. Zygmont, Ph.D.

Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Bryan J. Zygmont came to Louisiana Tech University in September 2017 and is in his third year serving as the Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art History in the School of Design. Zygmont earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of Arizona and subsequently completed his Ph.D in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 2006. After a single year as an Assistant Professor of Art History at Northwest Missouri State University, Zygmont joined the faculty of Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 2007. In his decade of service to Clarke, Zygmont earned tenure, was subsequently promoted to full professor, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Poland where he taught at the University of Łódź in 2013. He is the author of Portraiture and Politics in New York City, 1790-1925: Gilbert Stuart, John Vanderlyn, John Trumbull, and John Welsey Jarvis (2009) and is currently Contributing Editor of American Art at Smarthistory, a peer-reviewed online art history textbook. A past Visiting Scholar at the National Portrait Gallery, Zygmont currently serves on the Standing Committee for Assistant and Associate Deans for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. He is the father of two sons—Clark (5) and Hugh (3)—and is married to the writer Anna Kelley. He tweets at @DrBryanZygmont.

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