Kenneth G. Boutte, Sr., Ph.D. is Professor of Biology and the Associate Dean of Summer Programs and External Initiatives at Xavier University of Louisiana located in New Orleans. Dr. Boutte received his BS degree cum laude in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in May of 1976. He earned the Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in December 1983. He was the third African American to earn the Ph.D. from Berkeley’s Zoology Department and the first in the area of immunoparasitology.
Dr. Boutte’s research interests involved the host-parasite interface of Taenia crassiceps tapeworms. Later he worked on gene sequences in Trypanosoma (African Sleeping Sickness) that could serve as targets for chemotherapy.
Dr. Boutte joined the faculty of the Biology Department at Xavier University in August of 1985. He became an Associate Professor of Biology with tenure in 1991. In 1995, he became the Chairman of the Biology Department, in July of 1997 he became the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in 1998 he attained the rank of Professor of Biology, and in July 2007 he became Dean of Freshman Studies. In 2010 he was on loan from Xavier to the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he served as a Program Officer for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and provided oversight to over $18 million in grant projects. He returned to Xavier in January 2011.
Dr. Boutte was a Scholar in Residence at New York University in 1991 and 1992. He has held several appointments, including the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRIDGES Grant Review Panel, the Higher Education Advisory Group for the National Educational Goals panel, the Chancellor’s Council for Tulane University’s School of Medicine, The National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Review Panel, and the Board of Directors for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He is a 2005 graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.
Dr. Boutte has dedicated his life to the education of under-represented minorities, particularly in the sciences. He was the founder and director of the Ernest E. Just Pre-Graduate Scholars Program at Xavier which was significant in increasing the number of science and mathematics students who entered graduate school. He is involved with Xavier’s Pre-Medical Program which has gained national reputation as the leading producer in the nation of African American medical students. He was also involved in and contributed to Xavier’s Model Institution of Excellence program, a NSF funded program of 12.3 million with a goal of increasing the number of Xavier science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM) students who enter graduate school. He has served as the PI or Co-PI on several grants. Dr. Boutte has personally applied and obtained over $150,000 in scholarship money for Xavier students, and has secured more than $4 million in grants for programs involving Xavier students and faculty. As Dean of Freshman Studies, Dr. Boutte was responsible for the operations of the Office of Academic Enhancement with a mission to improve retention and graduation rates of freshmen and students who are academically at risk. He has spoken on this topic in several venues. As Associate Dean of Summer Programs and External Initiatives, Dr. Boutte’s duties include serving as coordinator of summer courses and programs, director of University exchange programs, and coordinator of articulation agreements and partnerships with other institutions.
Dr. Mack E. Crayton III holds a B.S. degree in biology from University of Louisiana at Monroe, a M.S. degree in Biology from Tennessee State University, Nashville and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics from University of Connecticut, Storrs. He holds professional memberships with the International Society for Computational Biology and Genetics Society of America. Since 2005, Dr. Crayton has held a tenure track position of Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana where he teaches Genetics, Molecular Genetics and General Biology to undergraduate students. He also maintains independent research within the area of comparative genomics, and combines techniques in the areas of computational biology and molecular biology.
During his tenure at Xavier, Dr. Crayton has revised the curriculum for several Biology Laboratory courses (General Biology, Genetics and Molecular Genetics) by increasing the number of laboratory exercises that require techniques in molecular biology and also implemented exercises in Bioinformatics. He has developed an upper division Biology course in Bioinformatics that is tailored to the experimental needs of Biologists. He also has consulted on projects to create an interdisciplinary course in Bioinformatics that maybe cross-register between Biology and Computer Science Departments. Most recently, Dr. Crayton served on a committee to develop a Bachelor’s degree program in Public Health at Xavier University. He was a 2002 recipient of the Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers Award and has also been recognized for outstanding community service.
Dr. Giguette earned her PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University and has worked at Xavier since 1990. Before coming to the Academic Affairs Office, Dr. Giguette served as Chair of the Computer Science Department for 11 years. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Xavier SOAR 3 Program for prospective Computer Science students and has published a number of articles. She has served on numerous university committees, including Rank and Tenure, Chair of the Arts and Sciences Coordinating Committee, and the University Planning Council. She has also participated in a number of SACS reviews.
Dr. Joe M. Ricks, Jr., is the Chair of the Division of Business and is the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Ricks earned a Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in cognitive psychology for Louisiana State University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Professionally, Dr. Ricks has published in the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the journal Performance Improvement, the journal Industrial Market Management, the Journal of Consumer Marketing, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has also been a faculty intern in the Corporate Customer Contact Center, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, and the Sales Center of Excellence at 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota, a marketing intern coordinator for McIllhenny Company (Tabasco), and a visiting professor at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York. Prior to his academic career Dr. Ricks’ experiences include retail management, state government, the United States Army, and the Louisiana National Guard. Dr. Ricks is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honors and service society and the Mu Kappa Tau marketing honors society.