Sad News About Huseyin Leblebici




Dear Faculty, Staff, and Friends:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the sad news Professor Huseyin Leblebici passed away today.

Huseyin served with great distinction on our faculty for thirty-eight years, after earning both his MBA and his PhD from Illinois. He was one of our most highly regarded scholars, most effective teachers, and most dedicated servants. Huseyin served as Head of the Department of Business Administration for ten years. He was the Director of the Office of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship from 1997-2003. He has continued to mentor students and take leadership roles in the field, including starting a journal, up to the present.

We will all remember Huseyin’s kindness, dedication to the College of Business, and devotion to his students and Illinois family.

Details regarding memorial services are below.

Jeffrey R. Brown
Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean
College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Commemoration of Huseyin Leblebici

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Deloitte Auditorium
Business Instructional Facility
515 E. Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL

Free parking is available in Lot E12 (located on E. Gregory Dr., west of Business Instructional Facility) and Lot E3 (located on the north east corner of S. Sixth St. and E. Gregory Dr.). Free metered parking is also available along S. Sixth St, south of E. Gregory Dr.

RSVPs by December 2, 2017, are encouraged and appreciated, but not required:

A block of hotel rooms is available until November 24th at the iHotel and Conference Center.  For reservations, contact 217-819-5000 (and reference “Professor Leblebici Memorial”), or go to (click on the orange “Attendee Code” button and enter “PLM17.”)

Send a Story to Commemorate Professor Huseyin Leblebici

Video recording sessions will take place in the BIF atrium on the following dates/times:

Tuesday, November 7, 3 PM-5 PM
Wednesday, November 8, 3 PM-5 PM
Friday, November 10, 10 AM -12 PM.

For your recording we ask the following:

  1. Have your “story to tell” prepared and ready to fit into a one-minute time slot. You can follow your one-minute story with a longer remembrance that will be only for sharing with the family.
  2. Please wear business casual attire.
  3. Do not wear shirts, blouses, jackets, etc. with small intricate patterns.

The videos will be recorded in a seated position in the BIF Atrium.

If you are not able to attend one of these sessions and wish to share a story with Huseyin’s family, you can find instructions for recording and submitting your own video or photos at

Professor Huseyin Leblebici Memorial Fund

Dr. Magelli Tribute FundFamily, friends, students and colleagues of Professor Huseyin Leblebici who wish to honor him through a gift to the College of Business may use the button at right to make a gift.

We know Huseyin touched the lives of so many.
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