OGDEN -- Weber State University has named its first endowed chair in Global Supply Chain Management.
Stanley E. Fawcett was chosen as the John B. Goddard Endowed Chair in Global Supply Management because of his outstanding research and dynamic teaching skills, said Jeff Steagall, dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics.
"With his reputation and expertise, he could be at any university in the world," Steagall said. "We are honored he chose Weber State."
Fawcett joined the faculty at WSU as a visiting professor in August. As an active researcher, he has published more than 100 papers supply-chain integration, global network design and manufacturing strategy.
Steagall said the initiative was driven by the faculty in the school of business and economics rather than the university at large. The faculty identified supply-chain management as a program in which the university has the faculty strength, student demand and employer partnerships that could generate national recognition.
"Our other programs will also benefit from the halo effect," he said.
Fawcett said he chose to accept the position at Weber State because of its dedication to the program.
"There are really only a handful of schools across the country who do supply-chain management," he said. "When you can find a great school with great colleagues who want to make this the flagship of the school, that's a pretty exciting opportunity. They are fully engaged and believe in this mission."
Part of being a top program is having one of the top faculty members in the world on staff, Steagall said. The next step is to build on Fawcett's reputation by fleshing out the supply-chain management faculty.
"Stan's tremendous contacts in the academic community and particularly at the PhD-granting institutions, will help us in identifying and attracting the top faculty talent," he said. "We will be able to attract faculty we might not otherwise, just because they'll have the opportunity to work with Stan."
Fawcett said he plans to flesh out great students by placing them with good companies.
"Our job is to create the type of students who can be productive in Utah, but also nationally," he said. "If you can get companies like Fortune 500 to recruit from Weber State University and they like what they see, they're going to come back for more."
Supply-chain management is a fairly new discipline focusing on teaching companies how to maximize profits by improving relationships with consumers and suppliers.
Fawcett said designing, producing and getting the product out to the customer in a pleasing, hassle-free manner is the ultimate goal.
Fawcett was born in Montana and earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees from Brigham Young University. He also earned a doctorate degree from Arizona State University and has taught professional development programs in both North and South America. He said improving the standard of living for everyone is his ultimate goal.
"Our job is to lower the cost of living and raise the standard of living for people of the world," he said. "If you can build careers around that goal, that's a pretty exciting place to be."
WSU has the only supply-
chain management program in Utah, boasting a 100 percent placement rate in degree and certificate programs with employers such as Hill Air Force Base, Ford, Boeing and General Electric.
John Goddard and his wife, Geraldine, provided funding to create the chair.