Paul J. Andrisani, 59, a professor of general and strategic management at The Fox School of Business and Management for 30 years, died in Wilmington, Del., on March 12 after a 22-month battle with cancer.
“Paul was a trusted friend, dedicated colleague and lifelong institutional builder,” said M. Moshe Porat, dean of The Fox School.
After joining the school in 1974 as an assistant professor of industrial relations in the human resource management department, Andrisani served in many capacities, including as director of the school’s Center for Labor and Human Resource Studies.
From 1989 to 1991, Andrisani served as The Fox School’s associate dean for academic affairs. Later, he joined the general and strategic management department.
He also served as the co-director of Temple’s Center for Competitive Government from 1997 to 2002, and was a driving force in several Mayor’s Summits on Technology sponsored by the center.
According to Simon Hakim, co-director for the Center for Competitive Government, Andrisani was “well respected; he had extremely kind manners and treated people with a lot of dignity.”
Andrisani’s research focused on employment, earnings and occupational issues for elderly workers, minorities, women, veterans and the disabled.
His students also knew him for his dedication and devotion. In his many years of teaching, even after he became ill, he never missed a day of class.
According to Robert Hamilton, chair of the general and strategic management department at The Fox School, “People who graduated years earlier were still writing him for advice. Paul knew how to motivate his students.”
Andrisani was also a benefactor of the University. He funded the Andrisani-Frank Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is given annually to high-performing Fox School teachers. He also worked for an organization that provides housing for the poor in Wilmington.
For his community efforts, in 1999, The Knights of Columbus named him Wilmington’s Man of the Year.
Andrisani earned both a bachelor’s in business in 1968 and an M.B.A. in 1970, both from the University of Delaware; and his doctorate in labor economics in 1974 from Ohio State University.
- Rebecca Carroll