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Tribute to Jean-Philippe LESNE

from September 19, 2014 to October 19, 2014

Jean-Philippe Lesne, Dean of the TSE-UT1 Capitole School, passed away on 19 September after a courageous battle against illness.

Jean-Philippe had enthusiastically agreed to take command of the TSE School in 2012, after a distinguished career first as a researcher at ENSAE then as expert at INSEE, professor at the University Cergy-Pontoise and ESSEC, and finally as vice president of the polling institute BVA. Jean-Philippe was a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and obtained his PhD in Economics at our University.

From the moment he was appointed as head of the school through to the end of 2013, Jean-Philippe determinedly rallied the teaching and administrative teams around the ambitious project, launched in 2011, of developing "Grande École excellence within the University". Rapidly successful in his new role, he became a popular figure recognised for his human values​​, his infectious energy and his ability to "carry" this grand challenge. With the support of the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole and the Toulouse School of Economics Foundation, he consolidated the school’s development. But in recent months, severe illness consumed him, finally winning over his fighting spirit and eternal optimism. He continued, nevertheless, to follow the life of the school, insisting on attending the new term welcome gathering of "his" students, just a few days ago.

Under his leadership, the school has established itself in the field as an ambitious collective project, dedicated to delivering the best possible education for the new generations of economists. Jean-Philippe was particularly involved in developing and strengthening the School’s international openness, its professional qualifications, its partnerships with businesses, and its tailored services to students.

His colleagues and friends will hold dearly onto the image of an "honest man"; a demanding but compassionate director who helped his teams excel and inspired his students. Right through to the end, he followed the School’s challenges and developments. He was proud, and rightly so, of the progress made.

May we now honour his memory by continuing to strengthen the TSE School.
May we now be inspired by his optimism and fighting spirit to carry on his hard work supporting our students.

Christian Gollier, TSE Director
David Alary, Acting TSE School Dean
Joël Echevarria, TSE COO
Updated on May 10, 2019