David Manuel

Economics, 1970

As an undergraduate economics student at Nicholls State University, Dr. David Manuel most enjoyed the teaching methods of the young faculty member who taught his Business Policy class. Little did Manuel know that his mentor, Dr. Ridley Gros, would become the university’s College of Business Administration dean—a position that Manuel himself would also earn at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and St. Mary’s University.

After graduating from Nicholls in 1970, Manuel earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Mississippi. For 16 years, he worked as a faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, serving as dean of the College of Business Administration from 1986 to 1990. In 1990, Manuel was named dean of the School of Business and Administration at St. Mary’s University of San Antonio.

From 1995 to 1996, Manuel served as president of the Southern Business Administration Association, an organization that represents about 150 university business schools in the southern United States. He also served as an independent trustee for the Pauzé/Swanson United Services Fund, U.S. Government Total Return Bond Mutual Fund and Texas Public Radio.

In 2002, Manuel earned his current position as vice president for academic affairs at St. Mary’s University, the oldest Catholic university in the southwestern United States.

Manuel continues to lead several university peer review accreditation teams for business schools in the United States and South America that are seeking accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. From 2001-2003, he chaired the AACSB Candidacy Committee that guides about 110 business schools through the accreditation process.

In addition, Manuel serves as a member of the Supervisory (Audit) Committee of the San Antonio Federal Credit Union, the 30th largest credit union in the United States with assets of nearly $2 billion.

Manuel says the faculty members at Nicholls, particularly Gros and Edward Hodo, former finance professor who is now president of Houston Baptist University, prepared him the most for his career in higher education.

“The faculty cared about my success,” Manuel says. “I formed a network of mentors who have been important to my career and my development to this very day. They challenged me to reach far and trust in my own abilities.”