University of Tennessee

Noon Named Head of UT Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science

June 4, 2014

KNOXVILLE—Chuck Noon has been named head of the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He replaces Kenneth Gilbert, who retired after 33 years of service with the university.

The department is housed in the UT College of Business Administration.

“Ken was instrumental in recognizing the importance that business analytics was playing in the world of business and in developing programs—undergraduate through graduate—that have catapulted the recognition of our programs nationwide,” Noon said. “It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps.”

Noon has been with the College of Business Administration for 27 years and has taught at all academic levels—undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive—and was a member of the core team that developed the college’s highly ranked UT Physician Executive MBA program.

“Chuck brings to the department a strong track record in academic excellence and leadership,” his predecessor Gilbert said. “I’m confident he will take the department to its next level.”

Noon is an award-winning teacher and a curriculum innovator. He launched the college’s Lean for Healthcare non-degree program, which he has taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East. He also developed the desktop modeling curriculum for the UT full-time Master of Business Administration program. He continues to consult with numerous organizations on operations improvement and has secured almost $1 million in funded research for the college.

Noon has co-authored a leading book on emergency department improvement, and his research has been published in numerous prestigious industry journals.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.