In Memoriam: Dr. Eyad Youssef

Sep 30, 2021 12:00 AM

Eyad YoussefIn September 2021, the College of Business suddenly lost beloved faculty member, Dr. Eyad Youssef, Assistant Professor of Marketing, who came to FSU in Fall 2016. An excellent teacher-scholar and mentor to his students, Dr. Youssef truly distinguished himself in the area of service to the Department, College, and University. He was appointed by the Dean to serve as the MBA Program Coordinator in May 2018 and remained in the role until his death. Under Dr. Youssef’s excellent leadership, the MBA program experienced some of its most notable improvements, which included the implementation of new concentrations in Business Analytics and Health Care Management, the transition from a 15-week to a 7-week delivery model, as well as the launch of post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Business Analytics, Health Care Management, and Management. He served on the University’s Graduate Council and chaired the College of Business’s Graduate Policy Committee. An avid innovator and experimenter by disposition, Dr. Youssef created a new course in Digital Marketing that is among the best subscribed courses in the Department of Marketing and Finance.

According to College of Business Dean, Dr. Sudhir Singh, “Anyone who knew and worked with Eyad will recall the purpose, positivity, and unfailingly gracious and pleasant demeanor he exuded. He made too many wonderful contributions to enumerate but, suffice it to say our community has suffered a devastating loss. Eyad leaves a void that will be difficult to fill.”

Dr. Carol Gaumer, Marketing & Finance Department Chair at the time of his death, said, “I think of Eyad as genuinely kind, witty, and humble. He loved to learn new things and wasn’t afraid to reimagine his courses or our programs. He was collaborative and supportive as a colleague and friend. He was a family man, immensely proud of his wife, Janie, and his five children. He always shared pictures and videos, saying he was the ‘cool dad.’ He was that and more.”

Dr. Youssef was in the process of applying for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the time of his death and, as a heartfelt tribute to his legacy of service, University bodies at all levels unanimously have approved his application for such award posthumously.