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About the Chancellor

Prof. Januarius J. Asongu



Professor Januarius Jingwa (JJ) Asongu is the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saint Monica Higher Institute (SMHI). As chancellor, he reports to the Board of Regents and is responsible for the overall operations of the university. President Asongu understands the university’s needs and works with the Board to develop solutions for meeting these needs. He also provides leadership to foster cooperation between faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the community in fulfilling the institution’s mission. As president, he governs within the policies and regulations of the Board. He also works within the framework of the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon.

Prior to being his current position as Chancellor, he served as President of SMHI.  In 2013, he served as the pioneer Chancellor and Provost of Online and International Programs at SMU (at the time). As Chancellor, he was responsible for incorporating the university in the State of Hawaii (USA) as well as securing the university’s approval by the National Commission on Private Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon. Under this capacity he also chaired the Board of Regents of the university. Meanwhile, as Provost of Online and International Programs at SMU, he established the university’s Virtual Learning Platform (VLP) and started online programs. He also initiated the accreditation process with a national accreditation agency in the United States recognized by the US Department of Education. Prof. Asongu has also been responsible for establishing various international links, which has resulted in the recruitment of an increasing number of international students and partnerships with foreign universities.

Chancellor Asongu comes to SMHI with a strong academic and corporate experience. Before becoming part of the founding team of SMHI, he served as an Associate Professor of Business at Herzing University,

Milwaukee, WI, where he taught in the MBA program and also served as a faculty mentor. He was also an Assistant Professor of Economics, Business, and Accounting at Rockford University, Rockford, IL, where he also served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and was a member of the Graduate Studies Committee, the Forum Committee, Student Adviser, and founder of the Microfinance Club. Before Rockford University, he was a Visiting Professor of

International Business at Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS. In all, President Asongu has taught at about a dozen US colleges and universities including Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, GA; Rockford Career College, Rockford, IL; Axia College of the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; National Graduate School, Rockford Campus; DeVry University, Chicago, IL; Ashford University, Clinton, IA; Franklin University, Columbus, OH; and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Rockford Campus and Online. In addition, he has taught at the pre-university level at Bishop Rogan College, Buea, Cameroon; Great Pines Academy, Houston, TX; and the District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.

As a scholar, Chancellor Asongu has published four books, over 20 journal articles, and more than 50 presentations at academic conferences around the world. His books include Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility in Practice; War, Politics and Business: A Critique of the Global War on Terror; Doing Business Abroad: A Handbook for Expatriates; and The Iraq Quagmire: The Price of Imperial Arrogance. His articles, especially those on corporate social responsibility, have been widely cited by authors all over the world and in various languages. 

Chancellor Asongu has designed and taught close to 40 different courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including Business Research Methods, International Business, Global Marketing, International Trade & Financial Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Information Systems & Technology, Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Fundamentals of Business, Ethics in Healthcare, Healthcare Information Systems, Strategic Management of Health Organizations, Comparative Healthcare Systems, Financial Systems Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Management & Organization Theory, Innovation & New Product Development, Operations & Supply Change Management, Operations Management, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, Visual Literacy in Business, Global Issues, Business/Aviation Law, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Personal Finance Planning, Logic, Proofs, & Critical Thinking, Earnings Management, Research Writing, Contemporary Business Communication, Effective Essay Writing, Computer Information Systems, Presentation Graphics, Computer Applications etc.

His academic credentials include a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology and another PhD in Communication Studies from Central University of Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua; a Doctor of Business Administration (ABD)  with a triple concentration in Marketing, International Business and Accounting from Argosy University, Atlanta, GA (USA), which he later completed at Charisma University in the West Indies; a Master of Science (MS) in Management of Information Technology from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Adelphi, MD (USA); and the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy/ Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary (STAMS), Bambui, Cameroon. In addition, he also holds a graduate Chief Information Officer (CIO) certificate from the Federal CIO University, Washington, DC/UMUC, Adelphi, MD; certificates in Greek and Latin from STAMS Bambui; Certificate in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria; and the Press Fellowship certificate from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK. He is also the holder of the Master Project Manager (MPM) Certification from the American Academy of Project Management, Metairie, LA. He has also received the AACSB Bridge Program Certificate for Business Professors from AACSB International, Tampa, FL, in collaboration with University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, Irvine, CA; the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, CA; and Babson College, Wellesley, MA.

Chancellor Asongu also has substantial corporate experience. He is the founder, President and CEO of Chartered Diversified Holdings and he has also worked for various marketing and communications companies, where he handled major accounts for such high profile companies like Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Cognos (now part of IBM), Compaq (now part of HP) etc. Before moving into business, his previous career was as a reporter where he worked as the Associate Editor of Telecom Business magazine and as a reporter and editorial writer for The Houston Chronicle.

Prior to relocating to the US, he worked for various newspapers in Cameroon and was a co-host of a Christian news program on radio (CRTV). He is very active in the non-profit sector, where he currently serves in the boards of a number of non-profits. He is also very passionate about human rights, justice, peace, and sustainable development.

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