Greetings from Santa Clara

Dear Supply Chain and Operations Management Friends,

On behalf of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and The UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, I would like to welcome you to the fourth Supply Chain Management Directors’ Conference.

This unique conference is specific to SCM administrators, program directors, assistant/associate deans and center directors who are involved in developing and managing different aspects of supply chain programs and curriculum. The goals are to generate new ideas, answer challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. It is a pleasure and honor to host this event, and I hope that your conference experiences will prove useful and meaningful for years to come.

Your conference chairs, Dr Naren Agrawal, Associate Dean and Professor of OMIS, Dr Ram Bala, Assistant Professor of OMIS and UT Dallas Assistant Dean and Director of Operations/Supply Chain Management Programs, Dr Shawn Alborz, have developed an agenda that is sure to generate program progress within your institution. You will hear from program directors at different universities and top keynote speakers that have been involved in developing and marketing supply chain programs.

The schedule also includes sessions on how to develop better industry relations, build communities and successfully promote SCM programs, meetings on how to improve curriculum at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and opportunities to gain and exchange useful insights and experiences.

On the networking side, the planning team has included many occasions for you to engage with one another, have fun and enjoy the beautiful city of Santa Clara. I encourage you to take full advantage of this outstanding event. I want you to leave with an invigorated and sustaining view of your efforts. I look forward to meeting many of you personally, and I wish you great success here and in the important work you do in your programs.

Best wishes,
Drew Starbird
Dean and Professor