Dr. Monique Forte was a mentor and excellent teacher who inspired her students at Stetson University and a caring friend and valued colleague. She won Stetson’s 2010 McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching earlier this month. A member of the faculty in Stetson’s School of Business Administration since 1994, the professor of Management was to have assumed the honor of an endowed chair, the C.R. Lindback Professor of Business Administration, this fall.
Dr. Forte taught management courses at the DeLand campus and at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. She was also affiliated with Stetson’s Family Enterprise program and was the advisor to the Sigma Nu fraternity.
“She was a very close friend and colleague to me personally and to many of our faculty, staff and students, and she will be very, very much missed,” said Dr. Stuart Michelson, dean of the School of Business Administration. “She was an outstanding teacher and scholar. She had close relationships with her students and mentored many of them.”
“You couldn’t help but get captured and captivated by Monique’s energy, intelligence, optimism and spirit,” said Stetson President Dr. Wendy B. Libby. “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.”
Dr. Forte served as chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business Administration from 2000 through 2005. 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 Drs. Bob Boozer and Nick Maddox, she contributed to academic conferences and had 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; her mother, Ramona Forte; her brother, Malcolm Forte III; and three nephews. She was pre-deceased by her father, Malcolm Forte Jr.
Dr. Forte grew up in Columbus, Ga. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Lee Chapel of Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Visit the Monique Forte Memory Book to post any comments or memories of Dr. Forte.
Memorial donations are requested to:
Forte Endowed Scholarship at Stetson University 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8286, DeLand, FL 32723
Life Tribute Celebration will be 4:00 PM Thursday, May 27 in the Lee Chapel on the campus of Stetson University.