SAMUEL A. DUAH, MBA, CPA
Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
Samuel A. Duah, assistant professor, received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1979 and an MBA in accounting and finance from Atlanta University in 1981.
He currently serves as chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics. Professor Duah has taught at Bowie State University for more than 24 years. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting and finance. Before becoming chair of the department in 2004, he was the coordinator for the accounting program from 1985 to 2004. Professor Duah also served on the curriculum committee for one year as vice chairman. He has also served as acting dean in the dean's absence. Professor Duah has served on other University school and department committees, including Faculty Senate, faculty search committees and the School of Business Dean's Search Committee.
In addition to his duties as an instructor and chair of the department, Professor Duah is a certified public accountant and often serves as a consultant in the areas of accounting, taxes, and auditing. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Society of Accountants, Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Accounting Association.
LATANYA N. BROWN-ROBERTSON, PhD
Dr. LaTanya N. Brown-Robertson, Associate Professor of Economics at Bowie State University, earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Howard University. Dr. Brown-Robertson specializes in urban and applied economics. She is published in various peer reviewed journals including the Eastern Economic Association Journal, Journal of the Black Political Economy, Music and Entertainment Industry Association Journaland Journal of the Community Development Society. Dr. Brown-Robertson has worked on funded grants through the Carneigie and Ford Foundations. She has also conducted feasibility and impact studies for state governments and national organizations. Her work includes reports such as the An Analysis of Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, Economic Impact of the Music Industry and The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Operation of a Racino at Rosecroft Raceway.
In academia, Dr. Brown-Robertson served as the College of Business’ Coordinator for Continuous Program Improvement (CCPI). As CCPI, Dr. Brown successfully implemented assessment activities and strategies for the College of Business. She also developed reports, which awarded the College of Business full American Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) reaffirmation and pre-accreditation to Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Businesses (AACSB) accrediting bodies. She currently is heading up a Carnegie Foundation Course Redesign Grant for Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics and serving as a Faculty Fellow for the University System of Maryland's Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Before entering academia, Dr. Brown-Robertson held various positions and conducted funded research for the federal government. Previously, she worked as a financial economist with the Washington, D.C., Office of Research and Analysis. Her job entailed forecasting sales and individual income tax revenue for Washington, D.C. She developed and presented economic models for tax policy initiatives to local city officials. Before joining the Washington, D,C, government, she worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Research and Analysis as an economic research affiliate. While at HUD, she helped develop housing policies that brought forward such publications as The State of the Cities, Now is the Time, and The Rural Report, to name a few.
Dr. Brown-Robertson has presented papers at numerous professional conferences. She wrote papers that received grant funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has served on the board of directors for the Elimisha Institute and currently serves on the City of Bowie Economic Development Committee. Dr. Brown-Robertson is also a member of the University System of Maryland Women's Council, National Association of Business Economists, the Eastern Economic Association, and the American Economic Association. She aspires to become a voice for the voiceless in the areas of housing, poverty, economic empowerment, and various urban and financial economic policy issues.
WILLIAM G. DAVIDSON III; MBA, JD, CPA
William Davidson joined the faculty of Bowie State University in 1989. He served as an assistant professor until May 1998, when he was appointed associate professor. He received tenure in 1992. In 2005 he was appointed as acting assistant vice president for finance and administration for six months, and worked on the University's 2006-2007 budget. Dr. Davidson has taught accounting, tax, finance, and business law on both the graduate and undergraduate levels after completing a multifaceted career in upper-level management in the private sector. He has also practiced as an attorney and CPA and spent seven years on active duty with the U.S. Navy and reached the grade of lieutenant commander. He worked in the financial management area from 1969 until 1980 for Allied Chemical as a financial analyst, as an assistant controller for Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Boston, MA, as chief financial officer for Premix Inc., a manufacturing company located near Cleveland, OH, and as an internal consultant and then as controller for General Business Services in Rockville, MD. Davidson practiced as a tax and commercial lawyer and certified public accountant in Rockville and Fairfax, VA, and taught as an adjunct professor in the MS in taxation program at Southeastern University in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the accounting and taxation programs.
He has served on numerous University, department, and school committees during his tenure, including the University Curriculum Committee, University Rank and Tenure Committee, and numerous departmental and University search committees, including a Presidential Search Committee. He also was instrumental in gaining accreditation for the business programs at Bowie State University with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs in 1998.
He earned a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1974 and a Master of Business Administration with a major in corporation finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960.
Dr. Davidson is admitted to the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court; and other federal courts. He is also a licensed CPA in Maryland.
FISEHA ESHETE, BIE CO-DIRECTOR
Professor Eshete has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses since the early eighties. Over the years, he served as Economics Program Coordinator, chair and representative of various university, college and department committees. In 2008, he submitted a revised program proposal for the Economics Area in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, which after approval by the university committees was adopted in fall 2009. In 2008, he chaired Standard Three of the ACBSP re-Accreditation and the School Assessment Committees, two critical entities in the re-affirmation of accreditation in OF the College of Business in spring 2010.
Professor Eshete attended several professional meetings, seminars and conferences, presented papers, served as paper reviewer for professional societies and major publishing companies and wrote grant proposals. In January 2009, in his capacity as co-chair of the BIE Grant's Committee, he submitted the ‘Bowie State University International Business Initiative ' proposal, and in June 2010 won a two-year $170,000 grant from the United States Department of Education, matched for a total of $340,000 by Bowie State University. Professor Eshete also coordinated the first ever study abroad program by a University of Maryland System Institution to his native Ethiopia in January 2011. As part of the BIE Grant, he also submitted a course proposal for ‘Amharic as a Foreign Language' (AMHR-101), which will be offered as a humanities elective in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Bowie State University beginning fall 2011.
In his capacity as faculty advisor of Delta Mu Delta , a national honor society in business, Professor Eshete coordinated programs, raised scholarship funds and promoted excellence at Bowie State University. He also served as a member and officer of professional organizations and worked actively with national and international organizations that promote higher education, poverty alleviation, human right and the rule of law. As coordinator of the Books for Ethiopia project, he raised over 34,000 textbooks and educational supplies for public and non-profit universities in his native Ethiopia.
As consultant at Synergy Inc. of Washington, DC, Professor Eshete worked under contract for various government and private agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Energy. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he worked as a financial analyst at the United Planning Organization of Washington, DC, taught part-time at the University of the District of Columbia, managed the mathematics laboratory at Howard University, and served as a regional supervisor for Advo-Courier System.
In falls 1999 Professor. Eshete was awarded the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he plans to complete his residency in spring 2012. He also took doctoral courses at Howard University, earned Master of Science degrees in natural resource economics and economics at and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Southern Connecticut State University, respectively. He earned his bachelor's degree at Haile Selassie University (now AAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970.
Over the years, Professor Eshete received certificates of recognition from several organizations, including Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society, Prince George's County Government, entities of Bowie State University, and in March 17, 2011, he received the presidential award from a student group, ‘Black Male Agenda' for pioneering the first ever Study Abroad Program to Ethiopia, a founding member of the Organization of African Union (now the African Union).
JOSEPH LANCIANO, MPA, CPA
Program Coordinator, Accounting Concentration
Joseph Lanciano, assistant professor, received a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in business and political science from Bloomsburg State University in 1976 and an MPA in financial management from Penn State University in 1977. He also earned his CPA license from Maryland in 1982.
Professor Lanciano currently serves as the coordinator of the accounting program in the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics. This program is one of the largest and best programs at Bowie State University, with almost 125 majors. He has taught at Bowie State University for almost 30 years, beginning when he was 22 years old. Professor Lanciano teaches junior and senior level courses in accounting, auditing, and tax. In addition, he has served on numerous University and school committees, including the finance, curriculum, and various search committees. Professor Lanciano also serves as an advisor to the Student Accounting Club at Bowie State University. He spends a lot of time helping accounting majors find jobs and internships in accounting firms, private companies, and government agencies.
Professor Lanciano's duties as an instructor and coordinator of the accounting program are varied. He is a CPA and often serves as a consultant to small businesses and individual taxpayers, and is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Society of Accountants. Professor Lanciano has been married for 27 years to his wife, Kathryn, a pediatric nurse practitioner. Their daughter, Nicole, is a student at Salisbury University. In his spare time, Professor Lanciano enjoys sports, traveling, gardening, reading, and fine dining.
SYMON MANYARA, MSA, CPA, CCA
Symon Manyara, an instructor of accounting at undergraduate and graduate levels, is a Certified Cost Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Maryland Society of Accountants.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Southeastern University. He has taught accounting at various area colleges and universities, which include Prince George's Community College, Montgomery College, and Southeastern University. He taught as adjunct faculty member at Bowie State University from 1987 until joining the University full-time in 1995.
Professor Manyara started his accounting career in public accounting in 1981 and worked on various audit assignments, including Baltimore City, with the then Coopers and Lybrand's joint venture with Linwood Jennings, PA. He worked with MCI Communications as a staff administrator/financial analyst during 1986-1993.
At Bowie State University, Professor Manyara directed the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program for several years. This program offered free tax help for low- to moderate-income taxpayers who could not prepare their own tax returns or afford professional tax services. His effort enhanced Bowie State University's reputation in our community. He is currently responsible for the preparation of graduate programs of study in accounting.
BERNARD MCNEAL, CPA
Bernard G. McNeal, Assistant Professor of Accounting, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Morgan State College (MD), a Master of Science in Management (Financial Accounting Option) from Purdue University (IN), and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Northcentral University (AZ). He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1980 by the State of Maryland. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants since 1980.
Professor McNeal is currently a full-time faculty member in the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs, and has taught Principles of Accounting, Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, Business Mathematics, Accounting for Decision Making, Introduction to Business, and Principles of Management. Prior to coming to Bowie State University in 1999, Professor McNeal held the position of academic director for accounting/associate professor at the University of Maryland University College. His full-time academic career started in 1989 as an instructor at Howard University. At Howard, he taught Principles of Accounting and Advanced Accounting, and served as the chairperson for the Faculty and Student Grievance Committee. Prior to teaching full-time, he taught for over 12 years as an adjunct assistant professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Loyola College in Baltimore, Hood College in Frederick, MD, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Community College of Baltimore, and Howard Community College.
Professor McNeal has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of audit, tax, consulting, and nonprofit accounting. He was employed in the auditing and management consulting departments of Ernst and Young, CPAs. He held the positions of research accountant, assistant corporate tax manager, and divisional accounting manager at McCormick and Co. Inc., a worldwide spice manufacturer. In addition, he has held senior management positions with these national nonprofit organizations, including The Enterprise Foundation (a national nonprofit housing provider), The National Learning Center (Capital Children's Museum), American Association of University Women, and Educational Foundation. In addition, he provides accounting, tax, and management advisory services to area small businesses.
Professor Bernard McNeal has remained active in the community by serving on the boards of directors for both the Maryland Kidney Foundation (Baltimore, MD) and The Children's Fresh Air Society (Street, MD). He voluntarily develops and presents course materials for the Support Centers of America, a national nonprofit training center for nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Augustin Ntembe is Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of Business, Bowie State University. He was first hired as adjunct faculty in August 2008 where he served for four years before becoming Assistant Professor of Economics in September 2012. Dr. Ntembe received a doctorate in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Yaounde II, Cameroon in 2004 and a PhD in Economics from the same institution in 2007. Prior to joining the University of Buea Cameroon as Assistant Lecturer in 2005, Dr. Ntembe taught advanced level economics at the high school from 1997 to 2004 and was instructor of Economics at the University of Yaounde II from 2004 to 2005.
Dr. Ntembe is passionate about teaching and particularly enjoys teaching at college level. He increasingly applies technology and quantitative techniques to facilitate the acquisition of problem-solving skills among his students. He strongly buys the idea of active learning and use a combination of strategies like group work, observations, role play and simulations, discussions and focused groups, peer criticisms and evaluations. Dr. Ntembe's teaching focuses on how to get things done through mastering and simulating best practices and problem solving.
His research interests are in private sector development, economic development and poverty reduction. He strong believes in the role of education and health care in poverty reduction and has published research work in these areas. Other research interest to him includes economic policies and growth, infrastructural development and international trade. Dr. Ntembe has done research assignments for the United Nations Institute for Development in Africa and the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa. He has presented his research in local and international conferences and is also a reviewer for the Online Journal of Social Sciences Research (OJSSR).
Dr. Ntembe is co-editor of Handbook for Education Planners in Africa: IICBA/UNESCO, 2008 UNECA, Addis Ababa. He is also co-author of The Determinants of Trade in the Central African Economic and Monetary Union (Research in Business and Economics Journal. Volume 6, July 2012), co-author of Higher education and economic development in Africa: The case of Cameroon (Educational Research and Reviews Vol. 4(5), May 2009). He has published other articles and written two book chapters and is currently working on several others.
Augustin Ntembe participated in the Rushern Baker County Executive Transition Team in Prince Georges County Maryland. He was a member of the Health and Human Services Committee from November 2010 to January 2011. Dr. Ntembe also successfully completed an E-Learning Course on the "Impact of the Financial Crisis on Poverty: Advanced Poverty Measurement and Analysis" and was recipient of the World Bank Institute (WBI)'s certificate of successful Course Completion.
Dr. Ntembe enjoys outdoor sports especially when he is together with friends and soccer is his greatest passion.
GRANVILLE M. SAWYER JR, PHD
Program Coordinator, Banking and Finance Concentration
Director of BSU Virtual Incubator Network
Dr. Granville M. Sawyer Jr. is a tenured professor of finance and director of the Bowie State University Virtual Incubator Network. Dr. Sawyer received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, with honors, from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee. Prior to his current position, Dr. Sawyer was executive director of the Department of Labor-funded initiative for Partnership Building in Workforce Development at Johnson C. Smith University and a tenured professor of finance.
Dr. Sawyer was awarded a Nissan fellowship to the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Tennessee, Drexel University, Seton Hall University, the College of Insurance, and Norfolk State University. Dr. Sawyer has consulted nationally, and also internationally in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has been featured in Black Enterprise magazine;The New York Voice; the Virginian Pilot; affiliates of NBC, CBS and ABC; Cox Broadcasting; New Jersey Public Television; the New Journal and Guide, and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has been a speaker at numerous professional meetings, including the Kaufman Foundation Conference on Entrepreneurial Development, the National Association of Investment Companies, and the President's Conference on Small Business. He has published in scholarly journals including the Journal of Financial Economics and the International Journal of Quality Science.
Dr. Sawyer has served the community in many capacities, including as president of the South Orange-Maplewood, NJ, Board of Education, as a board member of the Hospital Center of Orange, NJ, as a founding member of the Hampton Roads 100 Black Men, and as a member of the NAACP Executive Board in Charlotte, NC.
He has been married to his wife, Donna, an arts administrator, for 31 years. They have two daughters, Jacquelyn and Elizabeth.
SUNANDO SENGUPTA, PHD
Dr. Sunando Sengupta, assistant professor, received his Bachelor of Science in economics (with minors in statistics and mathematics) from the University of Calcutta, India, in 1997 and his master's in economics from the Center of Economic Studies and Planning in Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, in 1999. In 1998, he qualified for the National Education Test, a national-level test for selecting faculty to teach in an Indian college or university. While he was pursuing his doctoral studies in economics at Arizona State University, he also graduated from the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program in 2004. He earned his PhD in economics from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2005. His focus of research was market microstructure and flow of information in international financial markets. While in graduate school, he taught Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. Dr. Sengupta has always been passionate about teaching and trying to enhance the learning experience through use of various technological aids such as Blackboard, PowerPoint, audios, and videos. His love for teaching brought him to the Bowie State University, where he has been teaching as an assistant professor since fall 2005. He teaches a variety of undergraduate finance courses: Principles of Finance, Investments, Corporate Finance, and Small Business Finance. He also taught an economics course, ECON 483: Quantitative Methods for Decision Making, in spring 2006. He also worked as a research assistant for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University in the summer of 2005, helping to assess the impact of the state of Arizona's investment in science and technology research.
Dr. Sengupta has presented his research findings in both national and international research conferences, including the annual meeting of the Financial Management Association, Washington Research Forum, International Academy of Business and Economics annual conference, and brown bag seminar at Arizona State University. He has published his research in various peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of International Finance and Economics, Review of Business Research, andInternational Journal of Business and Finance Research. In May 2005, he won the Outstanding Research Award at the Costa Rica conference of the Institute of Business and Finance Research. He also acts as a referee for the Applied Financial Economics and International Academy of Business and Economics.
Dr. Sengupta is the co-advisor of the Finance and Economics Club at Bowie State University and has successfully organized various speaker events both within the University and outside. He has a certificate in grant writing from The Grant Institute in California. He also is an active member of the University Information and Technology Resources Committee and recently volunteered to participate in a workshop to develop online courses at Bowie State University. He has been a member of Strategic Plan Committee for his department and co-authored the Strategic Plan for 2007-08. He is a member of the University Constitution Committee, is the library liaison, and has been a member of the search committee for new faculty hires in 2006 and 2007. He is currently working as the chair of the Standard 6 Committee (Educational and Business Process Management) for the School of Business ACBSP Reaffirmation coming up in 2008. Dr. Sengupta is married and lives in Laurel, MD. He loves traveling and has a passion for films.
REGINA TAWAH, PHD
Dr. Regina Tawah joined Bowie State University as an assistant professor of economics in August 2004 after serving the institution as an adjunct faculty for a number of years. She began her teaching career in the Department of Economics at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, as an instructor where she served from 1981 to 1983, and continued later at the University of Yaounde II, Soa, Cameroon from 1993 to 1999. Dr. Tawah also taught at the Cameroon School of Public Works, Prince Georges' Community College in Maryland, and Strayer University in Washington, DC, on a part-time basis. She teaches or has taught Economics of Developing Countries, International Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, and the Principles of Economics.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Tawah has worked as a researcher and a consultant with diverse institutions, including the World Bank, the African Poverty Alleviation Program, the Rural Development Group in Yaounde, Cameroon, and the Observatory of Change in the Societies of Cameroon. She has authored or co-authored studies on poverty and rural development for Cameroon, Angola, and Rwanda. Together with colleagues, Dr. Tawah has written grants for collaborative research on poverty awarded by the African Economic Research Consortium for a study of economic reforms and poverty in Cameroon in the 1990s, and another one awarded under the Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa Program of the North-South Institute, Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests are in the areas of poverty, women's issues, and economic development in general.
Dr. Tawah has participated in several professional development institutes, workshops, and conferences covering, among other topics: teaching economics, poverty, economic reforms, gender issues, and engagement and attainment for minority students. She has authored or co-authored publications and presentations, some of which are "Reformes Economiques et Pauvrete au Cameroun Durant les Annees 1990," AERC, May 2001; "Cameroon: Financial Sector Reforms and Women's Survival Strategies" in Tsikata Dzodzi and Joanna Kerr, Demanding Dignity: Women Confronting Economic Reforms in Africa, Canada, 2000; "The Determinants of Money Velocity in Cameroon"; in The Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, 18(1), 1999; and Managing Savings and Credit Schemes For Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Cameroon.
She earned her PhD in economics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 1993; an MS in economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1981; and a BS (Hons) in management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980.