The accolades for Monique Forte stacked up during her career as a professor in the business school at Stetson University.
Forte was named winner of the university's 2010 McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching just two weeks ago and was to have assumed an endowed chair this fall.
So news of the 43-year-old professor's unexpected death Saturday morning sent shock waves rippling through the Stetson community.
""We're all in shock,'' said Dean Stuart Michelson on Saturday afternoon. ""She's one of those that is everybody's friend.''
""Everybody loves her, both personality-wise and she's always there to help you,'' he said.
The Columbus, Ga. native taught management courses at the DeLand campus and at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. She served as chair of the Department of Management in the business school from 2000 to 2005.
"You couldn't help but get captured and captivated by Monique's energy, intelligence, optimism and spirit," Stetson President Dr. Wendy B. Libby said in a statement. "She was always ready to take on a new task or challenge with gusto. Our university community has lost a scholar and teacher, leader and friend."
"In addition to being an inspired teacher and mentor to students, and a well-loved and respected colleague, Dr. Forte was very involved in service to the Business School and the university," said Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Paul, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
"She served on the university's Presidential Search Committee in 2008 and 2009 and chaired the Campus Life Work Group this past academic year. She assisted with the School of Business Administration's accreditation maintenance, coordinating the school's Assurance of Learning program and preparing the accreditation maintenance reports for AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
She earned her BBA and her MBA from the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Florida State University
Her research interests included applications of psychological type, organizational politics, experiential learning, strategic change and family enterprise. Working with Stetson colleagues Bob Boozer and Nick Maddox, she contributed to academic conferences and published articles in the Journal of Psychological Type, the Journal of Management Education, and the Strategic Management Journal.
She is survived by her husband, Chad Bleuel, and her mother, Ramona Forte, both of DeLand.
I don't really have anything to add. You will be much missed.
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