Faculty and Staff
THADDÉE MUTUMBA BADIBANGA, PhD
Dr. Badibanga is a Visiting Associate Professor of economics at the Bowie State University. He worked before for the International Food Policy Research Institute – IFPRI (a Washington D.C. based research institution) from 2010 to 2014 as an Associate Research Fellow and the Coordinator of the IFPRI’s Country Strategy Support Program (CSSP) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Prior to joining IFPRI, Dr. Badibanga worked as a Lecturer at the University of Kinshasa (Kinshasa, DRC), an Adjunct Professor at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John University (Minnesota), and an Adjunct Professor at Hamline University (Minnesota). He also worked as an expert at the DRC Internal Revenue Service and as a Fiscal Advisor to the DRC Minister of Treasury. He earns a Master degree in Economics from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics, Macroeconomics, Economic Growth and Development from the University of Minnesota. His research foci include structural transformation, economic growth, agricultural and rural development, and poverty analysis and measurement. He has been involved in research and policy advisory work on sectoral policy and strategy issues related to the implementation of the AU/NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP).
LATANYA N. BROWN-ROBERTSON, PhD
Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
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.
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, DBA, 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.
AUGUSTIN NTEMBE, PhD
Indirect Assessment Coordinator
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 undergraduate and graduate students. 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 uses 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 growth, 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 From Classroom to Executive Management-Gender Diversity in the Information Technological Field published in the Journal of Information Technology Management Vol. 16(3), October 2015, 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.
Dr. Ntembe is a member of the Allied Academies. He 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.