Center for Supply Chain Excellence created at Farmer School

Winter photo of the Farmer School exterior

The Farmer School of Business today announced the creation of a Center for Supply Chain Excellence.

Bryan Ashenbaum, Chair of the Management department, explains, “Globalization, Big Data, the rise of the digital marketplace, and an increasing emphasis on sustainability have positioned Supply Chain Management as a key competitive advantage in today’s economy. At the same time, there continues to be a shortage of qualified supply chain talent to fill available jobs. Experiential learning, analytics, leadership, and creative problem-solving are acknowledged hallmarks of the FSB educational experience, making this a logical next evolutionary step.”

The mission of the new Center aligns well with the Farmer School and University’s emphasis on providing an exceptional student-centric learning environment. It will increase experiential learning opportunities, and create a direct pipeline to internships and full-time opportunities with partner organizations.

For graduates seeking to improve their skillsets, the Center will offer certifications, on-line programs, and executive education.  The Corporate Partner aspect includes special recruitment access for employers while enhancing internship and career opportunities for students. An Advisory Board of industry experts will help guide the Center in its mission.

Farmer School Dean and Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership Marc Rubin added, “The Center will enhance the educational experience for our students while also serving as a “one stop shop” for external partners to access exceptional talent, faculty research, and knowledge-sharing industry forums.”  

Thomas Stallkamp, Miami '68, MBA '72, former President of the Chrysler Group, has provided the foundational support for the Center and additional corporate partners and individual funders are being sought.