USNWR Online Rankings Puts Flores MBA Program in Top 20 Percent
U.S. News & World Report released its 2018 Best Online MBA Program rankings in January, placing the LSU Online Flores MBA Program T-41 among public colleges and universities and T-51 overall on its list of 267 ranked programs. 

USNWR also ranked the best online programs that help veterans reduce the cost for school. LSU's online MBA ranked 25th in online MBA programs for veterans.

2018 LSU 100 Nominations and Applications Open

Applications for the eighth annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, hosted by LSU Executive Education, are now open. Nomination and application forms can be found at

The LSU 100 is a highly competitive program that identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. In addition to celebrating the success of the honorees, the LSU 100 provides a forum to pass lessons on to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs.

Anyone may nominate a company for the LSU 100. Individuals may nominate themselves, colleagues, clients, or former classmates. The nominator’s information is not made public. Nominations and applications must be submitted by May 31, 2018.  

James B. Henry, former dean, passes away
James B. Henry, the former dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, passed away on December 28, 2017, in Naples, Florida surrounded by his family. Henry served as dean from 1984 until 1994.

Wesley Named 2018 ASPA Founders’ Fellow
Nicole Wesley
Nicole Wesley, a master of public administration student in the LSU Public Administration Institute, was selected as a 2018 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellow.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 13
Mardi Gras (LSU closed)
Joe Deffner
In Memory

On November 7, 2017, Joe Deffner, an alumnus and loyal supporter of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, was killed in an automobile accident.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, Deffner graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s in finance in 1990. He would go on to earn an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Deffner settled in The Woodlands, Texas. He was a leader in the energy finance community. At the time of his death, he was a managing director of the Houston office of HPS Investment Partners. He was an active member of the E. J. Ourso College’s Dean’s Advisory Council, lending his expertise to the group’s Energy Committee.

In addition to his volunteer service to LSU, Deffner devoted many years to the Boy Scouts of America. Under his guidance, 32 scouts attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Deffner leaves behind his wife, Lisa Bills, and his three sons, Justin, Brett, and Jackson Deffner.

“I only met Joe a few years ago when he joined the Dean's Advisory Council, but we quickly became fast friends," said James O. Harp Jr. ’82, vice president of the Dean's Advisory Council. "His passion for the Tigers and his love for ‘all things LSU’ were only exceeded by his wisdom in the world of energy finance and the strength of his character. We will miss him dearly.”  
A Competitive Advantage for Students and Organizations
Internships give students a competitive advantage in the job market. Internship sites benefit from additional capacity for projects and the opportunity to "try out" potential employees.

Fifty-eight percent of business students complete an internship before graduation. Dean Richard White has challenged us to increase the participation rate to 80 percent. We are counting on alumni and supporters to help us reach this goal. 

Here are a few ways you can help.

  • Engage students by using Careers2Geaux, LSU's free job board, to post employment opportunities. 
  • Work with Stephanie Gandy, our internship manager, to build a customized recruitment strategy for your organization. Email her at
  • Share the post below on LinkedIn or other social media outlets.
Internships are a trial period that can lead to much more. Interns bring a fresh perspective and new energy to your workforce. The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business can provide guidance on starting an internship program and recruiting outstanding students. To learn more, contact internship manager Stephanie Gandy ( ).
Take Control of your Retirement Portfolio
Wednesday, February 21
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
LSU Business Education Complex
$25 per person

Finance Professor Don M. Chance will share practical tips that will help individuals and businesses with retirement portfolio management. This presentation is part of the Breakfast to Business from LSU Executive Education.