Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, Sr., CFC, Chair and Professor
Ph.D., Financial Management and International Business, Union Institute & University
MBA, Florida Metropolitan University
MAC, Forensic Accounting, Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Finance, University of South Florida
Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, Sr., began as Chair of the Business Administration Department in Fall 2003 and has since developed the B.B.A. program into one of the most highly pursued degree offerings at the College. He also led the Department to obtain national and international accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. In addition to his work as Chair and Full Professor, Dr. Ikeokwu serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research In Business and the Transnational Journal of Accounting and Finance. He also served as a Regional Vice President and President for the IACBE from 2004 until 2008, respectively.
Dr. Ikeokwu’s other professional experiences include a thirteen-year senior position with the Florida Department of Revenue, where he specialized in sales and use taxes, intangible tax, corporate tax, local option tax, and documentary stamp tax. He also co-owned a business and tax consulting service company where he managed, consulted, and published business and finance articles for business entrepreneurs.
He is a member of several professional associations, which include the Institute of Certified Financial Consultants; Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; Jacksonville Small Business Resource Center; Financial Management Association; Association of Certified Financial Examiners; National Association of Black Accountants; Sigma Beta Delta; and the Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Ikeokwu is the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards, such as Outstanding Leadership Awards; Faculty Service Awards; Faculty Performance Awards; the Group Leadership Project Award; the Faculty Recognition Award; and the Team Leadership Award.
Samantha Betton, Assistant Professor
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of North Florida (in progress)
M.A., Computer Research, Webster University
B.B.A., Business & Computer Information Systems, Savannah State University
Ms. Samantha Betton has taught in the Computer Information Systems field at Edward Waters College since 2004 and is an active campus advisor for several organizations. Furthermore, she is a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society and serves as President of the EWC chapter. Ms. Betton also serves as Chair of the College Judicial Board and Secretary for the EWC chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
In addition to her work in the classroom, Ms. Betton serves as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Faculty Athletic Representative for the College; was elected Secretary to the National Faculty Athletic Representatives Association; and is a member of the National Council for Faculty Athletic Representatives.
Dr. Sabrina Edwards, Assistant Professor
Ed.D., Organizational Management, Nova University
M.A., Human Resources/Training Development, Webster University
B.A., Pre-law/Political Science, Saint Augustine University
LaDeidra A. Ellis, Assistant Professor
M.B.A., Finance, Yale University
B.A., Business Administration, Florida A&M University
B.A., Political Science, Florida A&M University
Dr. Selvarajah Mohanarajah, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Computer Science, Massey University
M.S., Computer Science, University of Colombo
B.S., Mathematics, University of Jaffna
Dr. Mohanarajah has been teaching computer and information systems courses for more than 15 years. Before joining Edward Waters College, he taught at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Massey University, New Zealand and Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
Dr. Mohanarajah has published more than ten research papers in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings and International Journals. One of his papers won the Best Paper Medal in 2004 at the international conference on IT Education, held in Rockhampton, Australia. He frequently serves as a reviewer for many leading conferences and journals such as “Artificial Intelligence in Education” and International Journal of IT Education. Mohan is currently engaged in the research on educational games for teaching computer programming.
Dr. Robert J. Tedeschi, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Operations Management, Capella University
M.A., Computer Research, Webster University
B.A., Biology/Chemistry, Mercy College