Sam Walton College Adds Supply Chain Department

Sam Walton College Adds Supply Chain Department

The University of Arkansas is raising the profile of logistics education by establishing a stand-alone supply chain management department.

The department will strengthen the supply chain program at a university already ranked among the top undergraduate logistics schools by U.S. News & World Report.

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"Logistics costs continue to rise, even as attention to the need for sharper cost reductions increases for business," said Walton College Dean Dan Worrell.

"There will be an increasing demand for more efficient logistics systems and highly qualified people to manage them," Worrell said.

Arkansas ranked 10th among public undergraduate schools offering supply chain education in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 guide to America's Best Colleges.

Only about 60 of the nearly 500 accredited business programs in the U.S. offer supply chain management degrees, according to the Fayetteville, Ark., university.

The Walton college program will help businesses from Walmart and Tyson Foods to J.B. Hunt Transport Services and FedEx Freight recruit supply chain talent.

"The creation of the department of supply chain management in the Walton College is a key strategic move," said Johnnie Dobbs, executive vice president of Walmart.

"The designation of the new department reflects growth in the field and has received widespread industry support," said Waller.

The University of Arkansas offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in transportation and logistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in international business with a logistics concentration.

At the graduate and post-graduate level, the university offers a Masters in Business Administration and a doctorate in supply chain management.

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.