Department of Business Administration

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, Sr., CFC, Chair and Professor
(904) 470-8134 |
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
A.A., Business Administration, Hillsborough Community College



LaDeidra A. Ellis, Assistant Professor
(904) 470-8299 |
M.B.A., Finance, Yale University
B.A., Business Administration, Florida A&M University
B.A., Political Science, Florida A&M University



Dr. Seong Yoon, Assistant Professor
(904) 470-8107 |
Ph.D., Management Information System, University of Nebraska
M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nebraska
B.S., Computer Science, Ajou University



Robert J. Tedeschi, Ph.D., HA-MT, CSCMP
Associate Professor
CLIMB/Business Department
(410) 660-3029 |
B.A. Biology/Chemistry, Mercy College
MBA-HA, Wagner College
Ph.D. Organizational/Technology, Capella University


Esmin Shakespeare, Coordinator/Assistant Professor
(904) 470-8106 |
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Argosy University
M.A., Accounting, University of North Florida
B.S., Business Administration, Edward Waters College



Ms. Darlene Prescott
Administrative Specialist, Business Administration
AA-Business Administration –concentration in Business Foundations
University of Phoenix- 2016
(904) 470-8133|


Dr. Bruce Lavant
Director of Continuing Education / CLIMB
(904) 470-8112 |





Department of Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration is designed to provide business students with a springboard needed to further academic or professional careers, and to instill the skills required to compete in the business and professional world. Therefore, our mission is to position EWC Business students for good job prospects, including basic social and critical thinking, communication, technology, leadership, and/or entrepreneurship abilities.

The Department’s vision is to instill academic excellence, ethics, creativity, commitment, collaboration, flexibility, self-esteem, and positive reaction to changes and challenges with utmost confidence in any interested business. We strive for excellence, effective growth, and student retention.

Program Goals

The Department of Business Administration is designed for intensive student development of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit that will lead to successful career opportunities and advancement in business and industry.

The goals for the program are designed to create high quality business curricula that supports disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and professional academic excellence that meet global and 21st Century business education perspectives. In support of the College’s mission and philosophy, the Department of Business Administration’s goals are as follows:

1.  To academically and professionally prepare students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and privileges to achieve personal and professional goals.

2.  To provide academic programs, services, and instructions that support student learning and contribute to students’ intellectual development and personal growth.

3.  To foster the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning skills that cover global perspectives.

4.  To instill the importance of ethical behavior, responsibility, and effective professional conduct.

5.  To recruit and retain a diverse quality faculty/staff and support faculty participation in professional development activities.

6.  To guide students in preparing for and achieving future success through experiential learning.

The Business Department proposed and implemented the creation of various tracks, rather than awarding a degree only in Business Administration. Therefore, our business graduates receive a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in the following concentrations:
• Accounting
• Business Management
• Computer Information Systems
• Healthcare Management
• International Finance and Global Trade
• Organizational Management

Minors: Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, and International Finance & Global trade.


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of all course works, EWC Business students will possess competent and rounded knowledge in business administration, corporate leadership, finance, and accounting, as well as interdisciplinary skills in reading, writing, mathematics, listening, team facilitation, and the ability to demonstrate and exemplify profound spiritual and leadership values at all times, in any environment, as representatives of Edward Waters College.


Student Learning Outcomes (Concentrations)

1. Concentration in Accounting

a. Students are expected to possess well-rounded knowledge and confidence in discussing, preparing; and analyzing accounting information as well as ethical issues in structured accounting profession.

b. Students will have the ability to demonstrate competencies in preparing complex financial statements and use accounting information to make informed decisions about the operating performance and financial position of a company

c. Students will be able to describe all aspects of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); and the ability to demonstrate competency in accounting policies and standards.


2. Concentration in Business Management

a. Students will be able to analyze a firm’s performance to determine its strengths and weaknesses, and be able to use business analytical tools to improve performance.

b. Students will be able to apply human resource skills to complete case study assignments and participation in class discussions.

c. Students will be able to explain the management science/operations research approach to decision making as future leaders.


3. Concentration in Computer Information Systems

a. Student will demonstrate proficiency in designing efficient algorithms and programming in object-oriented and event-driven programming language.

b. Student will demonstrate proficiency in database concepts, and proficiency in developing effective data models for manipulating data using SQL.

c. Student will understand the concept of systems life cycle and the importance of involving users in systems design, as well as demonstrate the ability to use appropriate systems analysis and design tools and techniques including UML.


4. Concentration in International Finance & Global Trade

a. Student will be able to compare and contrast major trade theories and policies, and their effect on international trade.

b. Student will be able to identify how cultural variables affect domestic business that engages in international trade.

c. Students will be able to measure a firm’s risk, explain what determines the risk, and explain how such risk affects the value of a firm in the global business arena.


5. Concentration in Organizational Management

a. Student will be able to identify dynamic groups and team activities and articulate stages of group/team functions that models leadership roles.

b. Student will be able to understand external and internal implications of communications in management, using various steps of communication processes and channels in conflict resolution.

c. Students will be able to apply analytical skills on business issues.


Outcome Assessment Information

Please click on the image below to view and download a PDF version of the Outcome Assessment Information for the Edward Waters College department of Business Administration.



CLIMB is an accelerated, nontraditional delivery system serving adults ages 23 and older who have already completed a minimum of 45 semester hours of college with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better. It is designed for those who aspire to complete their bachelor’s degree in an accelerated model. Because of the non-traditional program, it is a program of Continuing Education.

Through CLIMB, adult learners can earn their Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Organizational Management degree in 18 months.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of a bachelor of business administration in organizational management degree, adult learners will be able to demonstrate the following skills as they relate to business administration and/or organizational management and how individual contributions align to the company and department:
• Critical Thinking Skills
• Problem Solving
• Reading
• Written and Oral Communications
• Business Alignment
• Computer Literacy

Academic Calendar
CLIMB operates on a term basis earning semester hours of credit with five to six groups of adult learners beginning each year. Typical groups begin their journey of learning from August to November and January to March. Each group takes approximately 18 months to complete core courses and operates on a year-round basis. Groups are given a definite schedule indicating dates each course will meet over the program enrollment period and all breaks for holidays, where applicable.


Click HERE for Continuing Education.


Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Edward Waters College is collaborating with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer a free Entrepreneurship Certificate this fall semester through the College’s Business Administration Program. The seven week program will be meet once a week Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning on September 16th. The Entrepreneurship Certificate program is open to the public and EWC students.

This program provides participants with a complete overview of the business skills needed to develop a full, applicable knowledge base of the start-up and business operations process. Applicants who enroll in the program will gain valuable insight into developing business and marketing plans; attracting funding; securing state certification and licenses; hiring and managing personnel; and understanding accounting, budgeting and taxes. Entrepreneurship certificates will be awarded to individuals who successfully complete all seven sessions.

To enroll in this program, you will need to download this form, fill it out, and email it to Dr. Francis Ikeokwu Sr. at If you have any questions you can call Dr. Ikeokwu at 904-470-8133 or 904-470-8134.

The Department of Business Administration is proud to announce its accomplishment in receiving an award as the “Best Business Program” in 2015, among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), as published in the HBCU Digest.

Co-sponsorship Authorization #14-0491-138. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Kenneth Hamilton, (904) 443-1910.


Business Accreditation

Jacksonville, Fla. – Edward Waters College is proud to announce that the Department of Business Administration has been granted the highly esteemed International Accrediting Council for Business Education (IACBE) accreditation — a nationally and internationally based accreditation. The Department initiated a relationship with IACBE through membership status. Over the years, the EWC Department of Business Administration has proven itself worthy of this highly sought after status.

“The Department of Business Administration strives to prepare our students for responsible positions in business, industrial, and government entities. This accreditation signifies that we are training our students beyond the basic standards. In addition, we are training our students to be confident, competent, ethical, and responsible business managers and leaders in the today’s society,” said Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, chair of the business department at Edward Waters College. “We will continue to apply our students and push them as they develop and graduate from our program and the College.”

According to their Web site, the IACBE’s accreditation principles are designed to promote and stimulate excellence in business education, and each accreditation principle is linked to one or more characteristics of excellence in business education. IACBE accreditation signifies that the business curriculum and co-curricular experiences provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in business and industry. For more information on IACBE visit

Edward Waters College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Bachelors in Business Administration