Business Professor Alexandre Receives Award from Seton Hall Business School

Business Professor Jean-Wilner Alexandre (left) displays his Bright Idea Award. He is joined by Business Division Chair Germaine Albuquerque.


ECC Business Division Professor Jean-Wilner Alexandre is the recipient of the Bright Idea Award, sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall for his in-depth case study.  A professor of Economics and Finance, he is the first community college faculty member to receive the award in its 23 years.

“This honor means so much to me. I wasn’t doing the research for the recognition. I believe the subject area itself is important. But I am honored to have been recognized in this way,” Professor Alexandre said.

Professor Alexandre’s research work was one of 10 to receive the award out of 114 publications throughout the state submitted. The awards ceremony was held on November 17, 2023. 

His research paper was on “Sub-Saharan Africa Case Study: Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Paradigm Shift from Humanitarian Aid to Investment in Infrastructure, Education and Industry.”

Professor Alexandre spent over two years on the research, including a four week trip last year to Sub-Saharan Africa.

“This award is a big honor for both Professor Alexandre and our College. To be the first community college professor to receive the award is a huge achievement. It proves our faculty is of very high caliber,” said Business Division Chair Germaine Albuquerque.

“We are all very proud of the work and dedication of Professor Alexandre. Our students are the real winners,” said ECC’s President, Dr. Augustine A Boakye.