Thanks to generous gifts from an anonymous faculty member, alumnus Jerry Grady, UHY, LLC and Dean Ken Lord your gift to the Dr. Zafar Khan College of Business Endowed Scholarship can be matched 1:1 up to $5,000! This scholarship is being created out of respect for Dr. Khan's tremendous impact as an educator and administrator. In the 30+ years he was at the College he touched thousands of lives and we’re all the better for it. Join us in remembering our dear friend and colleague with your gift to help create an endowed scholarship in Dr. Khan’s name that will last in perpetuity.
Dr. Zafar Khan was born in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Khan graduated from Aligarh Muslim University and studied engineering. He then went on to pursue a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from India Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He worked for several years in India as an engineer at Indian Oil. He migrated to America in 1981 to pursue an MBA (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) and PhD (Louisiana State University) in business and accounting.
Dr. Khan joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in 1989 and taught for many years before becoming head of the department of accounting and finance and associate dean. He was known as a tough grader however he was always willing to stay after office hours to help explain a concept or upcoming exam. As an administrator Zafar was passionate about education and cared deeply about the student experience in the College of Business. Zafar also engaged with the Indian American Students Association and often took family to their annual events. Zafar also went to football tailgates and annual COB outings. He loved his work and the COB Community.
Dr. Khan loved family and having a full house. He assisted many extended family members in migrating and settling in America and Canada. Dr. Khan appreciated the opportunity and advancement education offered in the US and wanted to ensure others had access to the same supports he did. He was always willing to offer his time, counsel, and support to those who needed it. Dr. Khan loved to travel and appreciated America's preservation of National Parks. He traveled across the country multiple times, often choosing to drive to the Annual American Association of Accounting Conferences over flying. These trips also allowed Dr. Khan to keep in touch with family including cousins and childhood friends. No matter the occasion, Dr. Khan and his wife, Rizwana, were ready to drive and celebrate events with family and friends. Dr. Khan and his family also flew to India frequently to visit family and help ensure their children connected to their culture and extended family.
Dr. Khan played badminton weekly before COVID and loved being active including walks and bike rides with his granddaughters. He prided himself on walking 10,000 steps a day. He will be missed dearly be all those who knew him.