Greetings from Arizona

Dear Supply Chain and Operations Management Friends,

On behalf of the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business, The UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, and Gartner Supply Chain, I would like to welcome you to the Valley of the Sun and the second Supply Chain/Operations Management Directors’ Conference.

This unique conference is specific to SCM/OM 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.

Conference sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Phoenix just a few minutes walk from ASU’s downtown campus. The hotel is only about a 25 minute drive away from the highly ranked W. P. School of Business which is housed on the ASU Tempe campus. If you have time before or after the conference, we encourage you to visit us on the Tempe campus. In addition to meeting our great faculty and students, you will be able to see the early stages of construction of McCord Hall, our new 129,000 square foot state-of-the-art building that will provide facilities competitive with other top business schools across the country.

Your conference chair, ASU Supply Chain Management (SCM) Chair John Fowler, and co-chairs ASU SCM Assistant Chair Michele Pfund and UT Dallas Assistant Dean and Director of Operations/Supply Chain Management Programs Shawn Alborz, have developed an agenda that is interesting and provocative yet practical, pragmatic and germane to what you do or need to do. 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 undergraduate and graduate curriculums, 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 Phoenix. 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,
Robert E. Mittelstaedt, Jr.
Dean and Professor