Marquette University’s College of Business Administration has named Douglas A. Fisher, D.B.A., director of the Center for Supply Chain Management in the Department of Management. Fisher will join Marquette Aug. 20 from Auburn University in Alabama, where he has taught since 2005. Fisher is also a partner at Cascade Consulting Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm in Eugene, Ore., specializing in enterprise profit optimization.
When Fisher joins Marquette, he will bring with him more than 30 years of practical business experience in the freight transportation industry. He previously served as the vice president of business development at Manugistics, Inc., now a part of JDA Software Group, Inc., in Scottsdale, Ariz.; president of SurfAir, Inc., in College Park, Ga.; and vice president of international operations and marketing at Yellow Freight System in Overland, Kan., in addition to numerous other management positions at air cargo and trucking services companies.
Fisher’s responsibilities as director of the Center for Supply Chain Management will include teaching in the areas of operations and supply management, working with students and local businesses to support internships and student activities, and overseeing center operations, including fostering relationships with supply chain professionals and developing outreach activities.
Marquette’s Center for Supply Chain Management is an industry-university collaborative venture for education, research and information sharing of supply chain management strategies, concepts, business practices and solution systems for manufacturing and service firms. The center complements the College of Business Administration’s’ existing applied programs of learning in applied investment management, real estate, and entrepreneurship.
“Supply chain management is increasingly important as corporations focus on turning costs and processes into advantages and value,” Fisher said.
Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas and both his master’s degree in transportation and his doctorate of business administration in transportation and management from Indiana University. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals as well as a past president of the Air Freight Forwarders Association.
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