Dr. Uric Dufrene didn’t waste time during his college days at Nicholls State University. He quickly became active in several student organizations and was elected Student Government Association president in 1985. A member of the university’s Hall of Fame, Dufrene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and immediately began his MBA studies at Nicholls.
“Nicholls gave me an excellent foundation to pursue a master’s and ultimately a Ph.D.,” Dufrene says. “While a student at Nicholls, I also developed good skills in writing, which is such an important skill in graduate school and business in general.”
After earning his MBA, Dufrene became a consultant for the Small Business Development Center at the University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi in 1992. After serving as an instructor at Northwest Mississippi Junior College and an assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast, Dufrene was promoted to associate professor and dean of the School of Business and Economics at IUS in 1998.
In 2002, Dufrene returned to Nicholls to serve as dean of the College of Business Administration after the retirement of Dean Ridley Gros. Dufrene later returned to his position as dean at IUS, which he held for a total of seven years. Dufrene is now out of higher education administration and back in the classroom. In fall 2006, he was named the Sanders chair in business at IUS. Dufrene said the leadership skills he has used throughout his career were learned during his experiences as SGA president at Nicholls.