You couldn’t have found Anthony Saul in the John L. Guidry Stadium bleachers back in his college years in the late 1990s. He was on the field instead, helping the Colonels football team make the playoffs after suffering a 0-11 season the previous year.
“For a brief moment, we made Thibodaux forget about LSU and concentrate on Nicholls,” Saul says.
In 1999, Saul left the Colonels turf for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He began working there as a staff accountant and was promoted to decision support analyst before his departure in July 2006. During that time, Saul earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2004 from the University of Memphis. In July, Saul began as the senior decision support analyst for Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco, Calif.
Nicholls provided “hands-on training” for his future, Saul says. The fundamentals of finance he learned in his undergraduate courses especially helped him earn his graduate degree.
“Because of Nicholls, getting a master’s degree was a lot less challenging for me than for students that I personally know from other undergraduate programs,” Saul says. “The accessibility of professors and small hometown feeling were my favorite qualities about Nicholls. The professors not only challenge their students to fully understand concepts but also real life applications, taking learning beyond theory.”