Jean-Pierre Debourse, Project Management Educator, 1940-2013

In Tribute

Prof Jean-Pierre Debourse, Project Management Educator Exemplar, passes away in France

Professor Jean-Pierre Debourse, PhD,  Professor Emeritus and Director of Research at the University of Littoral (ULCO) in Dunkirk, France passed away on 14 January 2013.  Well known throughout the European project management community, Prof Debourse was former dean of the ESC Lille (now SKEMA) School of Management where he supported the development of the graduate program in Strategy, Programme and Project Management, one of the world’s most successful and widely recognized graduate schools for project management.

jean-pierre-debourseJean-Pierre Debourse, PhD, MSc was Professor Emeritus and Director of Research, the University of Littoral (ULCO), Dunkirk, France; Founder and Director of a research laboratory on Entrepreneurship and Project Management at ULCO, integrated in the LEM-National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) with team members from 7 Universities; former Dean, ESC Lille School of Management and Professor Emeritus, the University of Lille. With over 40 years of experience in Project Management and Project Management Education, he was a founder of one the first PM Master Degree programs in Europe in 1979, a founder of the Regional Development Agency of the North-Pas de Calais Region, an analyst for the Regional Council of Northern France of the projects competing for the Channel Tunnel, and former CEO of Fonds Régional de Garantie.

From La Voix Du Nord in France (translated from the French)

Jean-Pierre Debourse was first a teacher and management specialist.  Associate of Science in Management, he co-founded the University of Science and Technology of Lille and created many university programs. Decorated in 2004 with the Legion of Honor, Jean-Pierre spent 32 years leading the business school in Lille (ESC, which would become Skema) and IAE. Founder of the Regional Development Agency (RDA), also chair of the salon distance selling and originator of funds to support solutions for regional security problems.

jean-pierre-debourseAmbassador for a region he loved deeply, he also loved Cap Gris Nez, birds, old books, good food and rose gardens; considered rightly as one of the finest connoisseurs of the great northern families in France, he cultivated discretion and humility that earned him honors all his life.  Born in Hazebrouck under bombardment in 1940, bachelor’s degree at 16, he ran at 17 a night shift of 250 workers at the cannery Flanders Steenbecque.

The entrepreneurial spirit always led his life.  He passed away at his home in Lille, France after a long illness at the age of 73.

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