Office of Graduate Programs

John Silbernagel, Director of Graduate Education

John Silbernagel
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
(504) 865-5480

Advises MBA and MBA joint-degree students.

A native New Orleanian, John Silbernagel has served as assistant dean for graduate programs since July 2022. Prior to his current role, he worked in a variety of roles in admissions, student services and financial aid at the Freeman School. He works closely with students and plays an integral role in their academic, personal and professional development. He holds a BS in marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Tulane University.

Erin Douglas, Associate Director of Graduate Education

Erin Douglas
Associate Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5343

Advises Master of Finance and PhD students.

Erin Douglas has been associate director of graduate education since 2017. Prior to that, she served for nearly three years as graduate program admissions leader. She is highly skilled in process improvement, program development, academic advising and community outreach. She holds a BA in anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and an MBA from the Freeman School.

Kim Black, Assistant Director of Graduate Education

Kim Black
Assistant Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5402

Advises Professional MBA and Master of Management students.

In her role as assistant director of graduate education, Kim Black manages the Professional MBA and Master of Management students and serves as the academic advisor for students enrolled in those programs. Additionally, she plans, manages and supervises the Global Leadership trips in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She holds a BS in elementary education from Louisiana State University and an MEd from the College of William and Mary.

Guoyong Wu, Assistant Director of Graduate Education

Guoyong Wu
Assistant Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5673

Advises Master of Accounting and Master of Management in Energy students.

Prior to joining the Freeman School, Guoyong Wu worked for American and Chinese universities in a variety of roles including Lecturer in English and Mandarin, Conference Interpreter, and Admission Counselor. A native of Henan, China, he holds a bachelor's degree in English and Finance from Shanghai Normal University, a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, an M.Ed. in Language Teacher Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Culture from Clemson University. Currently he is working on his MBA at Tulane University.

Jeannine Coxen, Assistant Director of Graduate Education

Jeannine Coxen
Assistant Director of Graduate Education
(504) 865-5467

Advises Master of Business Analytics students.

Jeannine Coxen has over 10 years of experience at the Freeman School of Business. Throughout her varying roles, she has worked with masters and undergraduate students from a wide variety of backgrounds and career or academic goals. In addition to academia, Jeannine worked in human resources management with organizations including Aetna and Entergy. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program at the Tulane University Leadership Institute and holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management.

Brandy Anderson, Senior Program Coordinator

Brandy Anderson
Senior Program Coordinator
(504) 247-1300

As senior program coordinator, Brandy Anderson works directly with graduate program advisors, faculty directors, area coordinators, and deans in the areas of budgeting, orientation, course scheduling and registration. She has been in this role since 2016. Prior to that, she spent over 9 years working in admissions at the graduate school at the University of New Orleans. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in management from the University of New Orleans.

Katie Valentine, Administrative Program Coordinator

Katie Valentine
Administrative Program Coordinator
(504) 247-1290

As administrative program coordinator, Katie Valentine manages all day-to-day activities for the Graduate Programs Office. Prior to this position, Katie worked for over three years in the Office of Undergraduate Education at the Freeman School as a Project Assistant. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Humanities at Tulane.

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