John L. Crain

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John L. Crain
Crain John 2010Jan15 f.JPG
Born1960 (age 58–59)
ResidenceHammond, Louisiana
Nationality United States
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
Southeastern Louisiana University
Known forSoutheastern Louisiana University president
Business professor
Prolific author
AwardsSoutheastern Louisiana University President's Award for Excellence in Research 1994
Scientific career
InstitutionsSoutheastern Louisiana University

John Luther Crain (born 1960, Franklinton, Louisiana) is president of Southeastern Louisiana University at Hammond, having been appointed to the position on 2009 February 17 by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System. He succeeded Randy Moffett.[1]


Crain, a 1978 graduate of Franklinton High School, Louisiana,[2] holds B.S. and MBA degrees from Southeastern and received a Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Mississippi.[3] He is an inactive CPA and an accomplished pianist.[4]

Crain (left), listens while F. King Alexander, chancellor of Louisiana State University and president of the LSU System, responds to questions about funding for Louisiana's public universities, during a panel hosted by the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce.

Researcher & administrator[edit]

Crain previously served as interim president, provost, vice president for academic affairs, accounting department head, president of the Faculty Senate, and tenured professor of accounting. He began full-time employment as an assistant professor of accounting at Southeastern in 1987 and held his first administrative position as interim director of the University's Small Business Development Center.[5] In 1992 Crain received the Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Research; by 2009, on being named president, he had authored 63 refereed journal articles.[6]

Southeastern President John Crain addresses the Faculty Senate about the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.


Crain's accounting background appeared well matched to the challenges he soon faced as president, in that Louisiana's public institutions of higher education confronted unprecedented budget cuts and looming budget cuts.[7] In an article in the student newspaper, Crain announced mid-academic year eliminations of 35 positions; expecting "even deeper cuts in the future," Crain said:

These changes would almost certainly involve the elimination of programs, including academic programs, and the termination of some tenured faculty. Despite the challenges we have dealt with and may still face, we remain absolutely committed to the success of our students and the ongoing viabillity of the university, albeit in what may be a smaller scope and scale.[8]

Crain is involved in Southeastern's fundraising.[9]


Graduation ceremony in Southeastern's University Center, 2009 December 12, Dr John Crain presiding.
  1. ^ "John L. Crain". C100 Louisiana. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2012-01-06. Jordan Blum, "System board approves Crain for SLU president" in Advocate (Baton Rouge), 2009 February 18, p. 9A. "John L. Crain named Southeastern's 14th president" posted by the Ponchatoula Times on, 2009 February 18 (accessed 2009 June 12).
  2. ^ "Biography - Dr. John L. Crain". Southeastern Louisiana University. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ Southeastern General Catalogue faculty listing. Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Statement on the Southeastern Louisiana University web site.
  5. ^ Announcement on the University of Louisiana System web site. From a pool of 19 international applicants, the five semifinalists for the position were finalists Crain and Michael Archived 2009-02-15 at the Wayback Machine Shonrock, Linda L. M. Bennett, Nick Bruno, and Karen A. White, per "Five finalists named for Southeastern Louisiana University presidency" as reported by WVLA Television Channel 33 (NBC-TV affiliate in Baton Rouge). See also René Abadie, John L. Crain Named Southeastern's 14th President; and Kia Hill Hayes, "Interim chief wins presidency . . ." in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2009 February 18, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4; and "Southeastern's new president" in Daily Star (Hammond, Louisiana), 2009 February 18, p. 4A.
  6. ^ Statement on the Southeastern Louisiana University web site.
  7. ^ Don Ellzey, Leaner university: Crain expects more budget cuts will be "very unpopular" in Daily Star (Hammond, Louisiana), 2010 January 15, pp. 1A, 5A (web version = Budget cuts won't be popular, says Crain, accessed 2010 January 16).
  8. ^ Budget Cuts Take Toll on Campus Jobs" in Lion's Roar (Southeastern Louisiana University), Volume 81 Issue 17 (2010 January 17), p. 1 (not online). See similar statements by University of Louisiana at Monroe president Nick Bruno
  9. ^ "Grants/philanthropy". Baton Rouge Business Report. 29 (11). 2011-01-11. p. 43. Retrieved 2011-01-20. Entergy Corporation's charitable foundation, represented by Craig Schimpf, gave $10,000 to Southeastern's Department of English for the Department's program in publishing studies, the check being received by Crain together with department head David Hanson and Southeastern's Senior Director of Development Katherine Hufstetler Rose.