Whitehead to Serve Professional Supply Chain Organization
An Anderson University professor is continuing her leadership role in an important organization that supports key industries driving South Carolina’s economy.
Dr. Kimberly Whitehead of the Anderson University College of Business was recently re-elected as president for the South Carolina Roundtable for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). CSCMP is an international organization of supply chain management professionals that focuses on networking, supporting each other and promoting the profession. As president of the South Carolina Roundtable for CSCMP, Dr. Whitehead works with a team of professionals from all over the state; also with students to bring networking and educational events to the state—all in promotion of supply chain and logistics.
Dr. Whitehead, who serves as associate professor of quantitative management, enthusiastically promotes Supply Chain Management as a rewarding career opportunity for so many reasons. Supply chain professionals, Whitehead contends, fulfill needs in a variety of industries and help others in rewarding ways.
“This can be as basic as ensuring that foods are safely transported from one place to another by protecting our food supply chain or as complex as helping automotive manufacturers obtain the items they need to produce safe vehicles for our friends and family,” Dr. Whitehead said.
One of the ways students gain practical Supply Chain Management experience is the Great Package Race, where they learn about teamwork and supply chain principles in real-world fashion by shipping much-needed items to missionary families overseas. Since the Great Package Race began in 2019, it has benefited missionary families in Zambia and Italy.
Dr. Whitehead stresses that for someone to be successful in Supply Chain Management they must be able to work well with others in a team setting.
“This is really the crux of how the supply chain works—people depending on each other and working together to help one another,” Dr. Whitehead said.
“Dr. Whitehead is a superstar and we are all very proud of her and extremely happy she is on our team,” said Dr. Steve Nail, Dean of the College of Business.
Graduates of the program now have successful careers for companies that include BMW Manufacturing, TTI Ryobi, the Port of Charleston and Hubbell Lighting.
“At Anderson University we believe that by educating our students we are changing the world one supply chain at a time,” Dr. Whitehead said.