Faculty Recognized with High Honors


Two Lewis College of Business faculty members, Richard U. Agesa and Uday Tate have been recognized with high honors.

Richard U. Agesa, professor of economics, has been selected as the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis Endowed Chair. The Endowed Chair was bestowed on Professor Agesa based on his sustained research in quality nationally and internationally recognized economic s journals, his passion for teaching, and his dedication to service in the Lewis College of Business and Marshall University.

“I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of this Endowed Chair position. The position has endless possibilities and opportunities. I am excited about the high expectations, responsibilities, and challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to providing leadership and mentorship in research, teaching, and service. I also look forward to being a catalyst for change especially during this period as we implement the Lewis College of Business strategic plan that relies on three basic themes: ENGAGEMENT with students, staff, faculty and with the business community; INNOVATION in research, teaching, and interaction with the business community; and IMPACT on students, the business community, and on the tristate economy and beyond.”

Professor Agesa received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been teaching in the Lewis College of Business for the last 15 years. He has teaching and research interests in applied microeconometrics and developmental economics. Professor Agesa has published in top-rated economics journals such as the American Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Journal of Development Studies. He is the 2010-2011 recipient of Marshall University’s Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award (DASA), recognized for his substantial quality research. He has received research and teaching awards from the Lewis College of Business as well. A 2002 article ranked Professor Agesa as among the top 20 publishing African-American economists in the nation.

Uday Tate, professor of Marketing, has been selected as the R.G. Miller Jr. Distinguished Chair. I am proud to receive this honor, and will justify this honor by productively contributing to the success of LCOB. Specifically, I will continue to support and contribute to the four pillars of success for the Lewis College of Business: (1) Engagement of Stakeholders, (2) Innovation in LCOB’s Business Programs, (3) Impact of Pedagogy, Research, and Service, and (4) Assurance of Learning. As the recipient of the Endowment Professorship and as a faculty member of LCOB, I strongly believe it is my primary responsibility to successfully train, guide, and assist our students in achieving their career goals. In addition, it is imperative that LCOB plants its footprints in the global arena; to this goal, I will continuously dedicate my time and effort.”

Uday Tate has been with the College for 14 years. One highlight of Uday’s career at Marshall University has been his role as the Director of Executive MBA program. Uday resurrected and renovated the program into a successful and widely recognized EMBA degree in the region. During the program’s tenure (2006 to 2011), it generated over $2.5 million of gross revenue. The program benefitted its stakeholders: students, faculty, and the Tri-State-Communities.

In the area of pedagogy, Uday has developed as many as seven Marketing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses have been the important component of the BBA and MBA curricula.

Uday has been productive in research and related scholarly activities. His research efforts at Marshall University have resulted in the publication of sixteen peer-reviewed journal articles, over 30 presentations at professional conferences, and over 20 sessions chaired by him at those conferences. He strongly believes in collaborating research initiatives with faculty not only from the Marketing discipline, but from other fields and universities.

Another highlight of Uday’s accomplishments has been his leadership and significant contribution in maintaining LCOB’s AACSB accreditation in 2006 and 2011, particularly in the area of Assurance of Learning in the MBA, EMBA and India-MBA programs.