With much sadness, I must tell you that Alan Skouby passed away yesterday. As you may know, Alan had been dealing with medical problems for some time, with the onset of ALS being the most serious. As a result, Alan had told us recently that he could not continue as an adjunct faculty member in our college or as co-director of the Flegel Academy For Aspiring Entrepreneurs.
Alan was a tremendous asset – as a teacher, Academy co-director, and colleague – since he joined our team five years ago following a very successful business career. After receiving a BS degree in electrical engineering from Mizzou, Alan earned a master’s degree in economics from Stanford. He had nearly 40 years of business experience with Exxon-Mobil, Monsanto, Cummins Engine Co., Dekalb Genetics Co., and Roadway Global Air.
In 1997, he began a second career teaching at Butler University, and then came to our college in fall 2004. Alan taught primarily undergraduate entrepreneurship courses but also assisted with the consulting course in the MBA program and served as co-director of the Flegel Academy for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. In recognition of his many contributions that went far beyond his responsibilities as an adjunct faculty member, Alan was presented an Outstanding Faculty Service Award by our college in April 2007.
I’m glad Alan had a chance to teach in Italy for about 5 weeks this summer and last summer as part of our college’s study-abroad program. I know that he and his wife Yvonne enjoyed that experience very much.
Our college is definitely better and many students’ educations were enriched as a result of Alan spending five years in Cornell Hall. Please keep Alan, Yvonne, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Bruce J. Walker
Lansford Professor of Leadership and Dean