Two from LSU Named Presidential Management Fellow Finalists

Program is the Federal Government’s Premier Fellows Program

05/01/2015  12:21 PM
Jasmeane BrockBATON ROUGE – Jasmeane Brock, a two-time LSU graduate and native of Baton Rouge, and Gretchen E. Tressler, a May 2014 graduate and native of North Little Rock, Ark., have been named finalists for the 2015 Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program. The program is a prestigious and highly competitive one administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Presidential Management Fellows are chosen based on their leadership skills, their future career goals and their interest in working in federal public service. Eligible applicants must have completed a higher degree program by the time the fellowship period starts. Many Fellows have extensive experience in international studies, public administration, technology, science, health, human resources, business or financial management, all of which are valuable to federal agencies.

In order to become an official fellow, a finalist must obtain employment with the federal government within one year of being selected as a finalist.

Brock received her bachelor’s degree in sociology in August 2008 from the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and Master of Public Administration in December 2014 from the E. J. Ourso College of Business. She has had or is currently in conversations with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture about possible appointments. Currently, she serves as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS, coordinator for LSU International Services.

“I was both ecstatic and relieved when I learned that I was selected as a PMF finalist,” Brock said. “The road to the PMF was long and rigorous. The in-person assessment was a half-day, multifaceted screening process that involved a group exercise, behavioral interview and a written exercise. Although the entire application process wasn’t easy, I strongly feel that LSU’s MPA program enabled me to be as prepared as I possibly could for such a process.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Brock joined the U.S. Army in 2009. She participated in Operation Enduring Freedom as an air defense artillery officer. She graduated the MPA program with a 3.9 grade-point average and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Societies.

Ultimately, she said, she would like to return to what remains most important to her, aiding veterans and their families in some capacity.

Gretchen TesslerTressler, who graduated from LSU in May 2014 with a Master of Arts in French, is exploring employment possibilities with various federal agencies to secure her PMF appointment. Currently, she is working in Culpeper, Va., as the editor for the University of Virginia Culpeper Hospital Marketing Department.

“Being named as a PMF finalist is a great honor, but it will be a greater honor to serve the American public once I begin the PMF journey,” Tressler said. “My years in the LSU Department of French Studies prepared me well for this opportunity, by giving me the chance to study stateside and abroad in Liège, Belgium. I was encouraged to broaden my horizons and challenged to excel while under the direction of truly excellent professors, both from the Department of French Studies and other departments in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.”

Before coming to LSU, Tressler received her MA in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She acquired her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and French, from the University of Central Arkansas, where she graduated cum laude from the Honors College. During her academic training, she has served in several leadership roles in student groups and executive committees alongside university staff. She has received two graduate essay awards and more than a dozen scholarships, grants and honors since 2002.

Tressler, who graduated from LSU with a 3.9 grade-point average, was recently admitted into the nation’s civilian multilingual corps, the National Language Service Corps. Since January, she has also been a Teaching Fellow for the Global Language Network, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., offering low-cost language learning services to the public.

The Presidential Management Fellows Program

The PMF program is the federal government’s premier fellows program. Since its creation by Executive Order in 1977, more than 6,000 men and women from the nation’s top graduate programs have become fellows and moved on to serve their nation at duty stations primarily in Washington, D.C., but also across the United States and worldwide.

For more information on the PMF program, visit

The Public Administration Institute

LSU’s MPA program is offered by the Public Administration Institute at the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The MPA is 45-hour degree program that emphasizes management, public policy and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and healthcare organizations, and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally-recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.

The Graduate Program in French Studies

LSU’s Department of French Studies graduate program is rated as one of the strongest in the field by the National Research Council. The department has been recognized as a “centre d’excellence” by the Cultural Services office of the French Ambassador to the United States, an honor given to only 15 university French programs in the United States. Students in the graduate program can enjoy the exciting opportunity of living and working in one of the richest cultural environments in the Francophone world. The program offers student and faculty exchange programs with the Université de Poitiers, the Université de Limoges, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the Université d’Aix-Marseille. It attracts a nationally and internationally diverse student body, with recent students from France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Canada, as well as from across the United States. For more information, visit


Contact Joshua Duplechain
E. J. Ourso College of Business


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations