It’s an honor and a pleasure to step into my new role as the Academic Director of the Center. As I’m sure most of you know, my predecessor, Jack Nevin, founded the Center and led it through its entire history through last June. Along with our two new staff members – Jake Dean and Danielle Zink (you’ll hear more about both of them elsewhere in this newsletter) – and other faculty who work with the Center, I’m excited to begin building on the great work that Jack and his colleagues accomplished during those years.
While I’m new to this role, I’ve been affiliated with the Center since I joined the Operations and Information Management Department faculty in 2006. From the first time I attended a Center event that fall, I knew that I wanted to be closely involved with the Center’s activities. The way that I saw alumni, students, faculty, staff, and board members engaging with each other – catching up on personal and professional developments in each other’s lives, sometimes providing professional advice or support, and generally just enjoying each other’s company – made it clear that this was a very special community. That community – made up of all of you – is an essential part of what makes the Center great, and what makes it possible for us to deliver outstanding programs to our students, while also providing ongoing support for our alumni and other friends. I look forward to working with all of you to continue that tradition of community and excellence. If there are any ways that we can help support you, or if there are ideas you have for engaging with or enhancing our ongoing programs, I invite you to reach out and get in touch with us. Here’s to another 25 years of excellence in supply chain education!