Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Logistics Group Honors Don Ellis

A member of the Vol State Logistics faculty was honored recently by his peers. Logistics and Supply Side Management Associate Professor George Wilson has the story: 

Don Ellis, Vol State Adjunct Instructor in the Business & Technology Division, was recently recognized as “2014 Educator of the Year” by the Institute of Supply Management-Nashville (ISM). Don received his award from Tom Derry, International ISM Chief Executive Officer, at the April meeting of ISM-Nashville. Mr. Derry was the Guest Speaker for the evening, discussing how industry leadership and education providers can best team up to provide the skills needed by today’s workforce. Don is a Past President of ISM-Nashville, and Don is currently serving as Treasurer of ISM-Nashville. In addition to ISM-Nashville, Don has also taken on leadership roles in events sponsored by Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Don is completing a very successful 2013-2014 academic year at Vol State. Don is the Course Designer for the new online class LGM180 Sourcing & Procurement which was taught twice during this past year. Don also worked with Dawn Leady and George Wilson to organize the first Electrolux LGM Cohort, and during the Fall and Spring semesters, Don taught BUS110, LGM130, LGM150, and LGM180 s hybrid classes to the Electrolux Cohort. Don has served as a 5-year Member of the Vol State LGM Advisory Board, and Don is ever ready to promote Vol State to prospective Students and to supply chain organizations. During 2013-2014, Don served as the Mentor for LGM Student Laurie McKinney in Dr. Kenny Yarbrough’s Student Leadership Institute.

In his “day job”, Don is Global Sourcing Quality Leader for Dupont Corporation, the company for which Don has worked for 42 years. In addition, Don is also Sourcing & Logistics Leader for the Dupont Corporate Crisis Hurricane Response Team, a First Responder charged with setting up an emergency supply chain to begin site restoration.

Don began his Dupont career as a journeyman pipefitter, and Don progressed through several materials management and supply chain activities. Don earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management & Organizational Development from Bethel University in 2009, and Don followed up by earning a Master of Science in Business Administration from Bethel University in 2010. Don took most of his classes online, so that he was able to complete his education even with a heavy company travel schedule that included Europe and China. Don is an ISO-9001-2008 Lead Auditor and a Six Sigma Green Belt. Don is also Vice Chair for a Construction Industry Institute Academic Research Project on Supplier Quality Surveillance. Don represents Dupont on this project consortium that includes the University of Arkansas and San Diego State University.

-George Wilson

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