University of Tennessee

Haslam Professor First Recipient of Healthcare Supply Chain Performance Award

August 28, 2020

Randy V. Bradley, professor of information systems and supply chain management in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Dean S. Ammer Award for Healthcare Supply Chain Performance Excellence. The award is presented by Bellwether League Inc., which was founded in 2007 specifically to honor individuals who make notable contributions to healthcare supply chain leadership.

In a press release announcing Bradley’s selection, Bellwether wrote: “Bradley’s thought leadership reinforces the need to advance supply chain digitalization – not simply for transactional purposes, but also for foundational development and progress towards healthcare transformation. His insights, international keynote addresses and industry engagements illustrate his reach across multiple ages, experience levels and countries.”

Bradley will be recognized on Bellwether’s website, in press releases and in the league’s publication, Leaders & Luminaries. He also will be honored at the virtual 13th Annual Bellwether Induction Event later this year and at the league’s live 2021 event in Rosemont, Ill.

“This award is particularly special since it comes from healthcare executives, leaders and industry professionals who serve on the Bellwether League’s board of directors,” Bradley said. “The recognition is a testament to my department’s trust in me to continue efforts to advance and improve healthcare supply chains globally.”

Chad Autry, head of UT’s supply chain management department, said Bradley’s Ammer Award underscores a trend. “More and more, our faculty are being noticed as scholars and thought leaders who greatly influence both supply chain management theory and practice,” Autry said. “Randy is yet another of our colleagues who never ceases to amaze me.”

Dean S. Ammer, for whom the award is named, was the first inductee into Bellwether League’s Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership.

About Haslam’s Department of Supply Chain Management

Haslam offers one of the most comprehensive, forward-thinking and highly regarded supply chain programs in the world, led by faculty recognized for cutting-edge research and innovative curriculum development. With more than 1,200 students, supply chain management was the No. 1 major at UT based on number of degrees granted in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Haslam prepares students with a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to supply chain management. As a result, graduates are recruited by some of the most prominent businesses in the industry. Additionally, Haslam is home to the Global Supply Chain Institute, which brings together both research and real-world experience. With more than 70 corporate partners, the largest number of industry partnerships of any university-based supply chain management program, the GSCI serves as an international hub for research and talent development.

About Bellwether League Inc.

Bellwether League Inc. identifies and honors men and women who have demonstrated significant leadership in, influence on and contributions to the healthcare supply chain. Honorees inducted into Bellwether League’s Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership hail from provider organizations, product manufacturers and distributors, group purchasing organizations, consulting firms, educational institutions and media outlets.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist;