In Remembrance of David Nylen, PhD, former Dean of Stetson’s School of Business Administration

David Walker Nylen, PhD, former dean of Stetson’s School of Business Administration, passed away on Dec. 29 after a long battle with dementia.

Nylen, 88, of DeLand, began teaching in the Stetson business school after earning his PhD from the University of Florida in 1968. Years later, after he had moved on to other positions, Stetson offered him the deanship of the business school and he returned in 1979.

He led the business school to national accreditation. He helped to develop the Roland George Investments Program. And he won the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990 as a professor of Marketing.

Nylen is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carlene Powers Nylen, his three children, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

His two sons are Stetson alumni: Peter MacDougall Nylen ’85 Math, now professor emeritus at Auburn University; and Matthew Walker Nylen ’84 Business Administration, now retired director of Finance at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Halifax Health Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association or Stetson University.