John L. Crain

John L. Crain
Former President of Southeastern Louisiana University
In office
February 17, 2009 – May 15, 2023
Preceded byRandy Moffett
Succeeded byWilliam S. Wainwright
Personal details
Born1960 (age 63–64)
Franklinton, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma materSoutheastern Louisiana University (BS, MBA)
University of Mississippi (PhD)
AwardsSoutheastern Louisiana University President's Award for Excellence in Research 1994

John Luther Crain (born 1960, in Franklinton, Louisiana) is an American accountant and academic administrator and formerly served as president of Southeastern Louisiana University, having been appointed to the position on February 17, 2009, by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System. He succeeded Randy Moffett. Crain so far has served the longest presidency at Southeastern Louisiana University and in the UL system. [1][2][3]


Crain graduated from Franklinton High School in 1978, and later earned B.S. and MBA degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University. He then received a Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Mississippi.[4] He is an inactive CPA.[5]


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.[6][7][8][9][10][11] In 1992, Crain received the Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Research. Crane has authored 63 articles in academic journals.[12]


  1. ^ "John L. Crain". C100 Louisiana. February 17, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Jordan Blum, "System board approves Crain for SLU president" in Advocate (Baton Rouge), February 18, 2009, p. 9A.
  3. ^ "John L. Crain named Southeastern's 14th president" Archived August 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine posted by the Ponchatoula Times on, February 18, 2009 (accessed June 12, 2009).
  4. ^ Southeastern General Catalogue faculty listing. Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Biography - Dr. John L. Crain". Southeastern Louisiana University. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Michael Archived 2009-02-15 at the Wayback Machine Shonrock, Linda L. M. Bennett, Nick Bruno
  8. ^ 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).
  9. ^ René Abadie, John L. Crain Named Southeastern's 14th President
  10. ^ Kia Hill Hayes, "Interim chief wins presidency . . ." in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), February 18, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4
  11. ^ "Southeastern's new president" in Daily Star (Hammond, Louisiana), February 18, 2009, p. 4A.
  12. ^ "President John L. Crain". issuu. Retrieved August 11, 2023.