The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has named Gwen Fontenot as the interim dean of its B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration.
Fontenot replaces Joby John, who resigned in December from the leadership role. John is now on the business college’s faculty, but is on a sabbatical until the fall semester.
Fontenot, an associate professor of marketing, was head of the university’s marketing and hospitality department and the college’s internship director from August 2006 until May 2013. Since August 2014, she’s been director of the university’s study abroad program.
As department head, Fontenot oversaw the integration of the hospitality management degree program into the business administration college curriculum and helped the program attain accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. While department head, she also led the development of an interactive sales and research lab and the department’s annual “C’est Magnifique” fundraiser. She also helped with the development of major study concentrations in legal studies and international business, and minor areas of study in psychology, hospitality management, marketing, advertising, public relations, legal studies and behavioral sciences for business majors.
Fontenot has previously taught at Dallas Baptist University, LSU-Alexandria, the University of Northern Colorado, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas.
Fontenot is the second interim dean announced in recent months. The university’s dean of the College of Education, Gerald Carlson, retired in August after 13 years in the role and after a 30-year career at the university. Last month, the university named Carlson dean emeritus and the school of kinesiology named a new state-of-the-art classroom designated for the college’s new kinesiology graduate program in Carlson’s honor.
Nathan Roberts, an education professor who directed the college’s doctoral program in educational foundations and leadership, was named interim dean of the College of Education.