Professor Eugene Muscat was a dedicated and compassionate
professor, a distinguished researcher and a renowned expert in the
fields of family business, leadership, management and marketing. A
San Francisco native, Dr. Muscat worked and excelled in many
different positions after joining USF in 1985. In addition to his
work as a professor, he was the Associate Dean for Academic
Affairs, the Associate Dean for Executive Education, and the Senior
Associate Dean for External Affairs at the School of Management.
His knowledge and experience earned him many awards, including the
Technology Innovation Award from USF and the Beta Gamma Sigma Award
from the National Business Honor Society. The media often courted
Dr. Muscat's expertise; the ABC News frequently
interviewed him on topics like the U.S. economy, consumerism, gas
prices, and the Health Care Bill.
Dr. Muscat's teaching and business philosophies were
value-based and his ethics guided all aspects of his professional
life. He was very involved in service-related efforts, devoting
much of his time to serving other people. In fact, to honor his
beginnings a first-generation college student, a transition program
for incoming first-generation first year students was dedicated in
his name, the Muscat Scholars Program. He was the Principal
Investigator for the Jesuit Foundation Grant and he founded the
Gellert Family Business Resource Center. He also worked for
Enterprise Housing, an affordable work and housing initiative. In
recognition of his admirable contributions to students and the
community, the Eugene Muscat Memorial Scholarship has been
established to provide aid to a student who comes to USF from
Archbishop Riordan High School and has financial need.
As a professor, Dr. Muscat received overwhelmingly enthusiastic
reviews from his students. They described him as an extremely
knowledgeable and passionate professor who genuinely cared about
his students, who they could go to for advice about anything, and
whose classes always made them excited to be Business majors. Dr.
Muscat was an invaluable part of USF's body of instructors
and is missed by colleagues and students alike.