Theodore P. (Ted) Stank is the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Faculty Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He also leads the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative, a joint initiative between UT and leading Fortune 500 partner firms focused on better understanding innovative applications in SCM. He assumed the Bruce Chair following six years in a variety of administrative positions in the Haslam College of Business, including Department Head for Marketing and Logistics, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Associate Dean of the Center for Executive Education. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Distribution from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in Business Administration from Webster University, and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.
Stank’s business background includes sales and marketing experience as an employee of Abbott Laboratories Diagnostic Division. He also served as an operations officer in the United States Navy prior to his industry and academic experience. He has performed consulting and executive education services for numerous organizations, including Anheuser Busch InBev, Dell, IBM, Lowe’s, Norfolk Southern, OfficeMax, Pepsi, Siemens, Sony, Textron, Walgreens, Walmart, Whirlpool, and the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps. He formerly served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and is Educational Advisor to the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference, Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Logistics and serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Operations Management and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
Stank’s research focuses on the strategic implications and performance benefits associated with supply chain management best practices. He is author of over 100 articles in academic and professional journals and has also co-authored five books including 21st Century Logistics: Making Supply Chain Integration a Reality (1999), Handbook of Global Supply Chain Management (2006), Global Supply Chains: Evaluating Regions of the World on the EPIC Framework (2014), Game Changing Trends in Supply Chain Management (2016, and Leveraging Supply Chain Management to Drive Organizational Success (2018). He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching and was named a Logistics Rainmaker by DC Velocity magazine.