The American University in Cairo mourned the death of the Associate Dean of Business Dr. Stephen Everhart, who was killed when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad on June 23.
Dr. Everhart was being driven with other American contractors while visiting a satellite office of Mustansiriyah University in eastern Baghdad. Everhart, who was 52, was working in Iraq with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Iraq, in order to introduce a new business curriculum to the Baghdad university, a program that was supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education.
According to Iraqi police, Shiite militias who operate in the nearby neighborhood of Sadr City were responsible for this tragic attack that killed about 40 others. Dr. Everhart leaves behind his wife and three children, one of which is studying biology at AUC.
Dr. Everhart joined the faculty of The American University in Cairo in September 2008 and was named Associate Dean of the School of Business the following June. Dr. Everhart earned a B.S and M.S. in finance from the Moore School of Business, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Several articles have been published honoring his memory, including one in the Chronicle of Higher Education written by AUC President Lisa Anderson. Students at AUC have also taken an initiative to commemorate his memory; a Facebook entitled “R.I.P Dr. Stephen S. Everhart” managed to gather over 400 supporters, a true indication that he will be missed by many.
A memorial service to honor Dr. Everhart will take place this fall.
By Dalia Abbas