Skip to content
University of Tennessee logo mark

Ted Stank

Ted Stank

Co-Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute; Harry J & Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business; Haslam Family Faculty Research Fellow
Office Location: Room - 311, Stokely Management Center 865-974-5311

Theodore P. (Ted) Stank is the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Supply Chain Management. He is also the co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. He leads the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative, a joint initiative between UT and leading Fortune 500 partner firms to better understand innovative applications in SCM.

Stank assumed the Bruce Chair following six years in various 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.

Stank’s business background includes sales and marketing experience for Abbott Laboratories Diagnostic Division. He also served as an operations officer in the United States Navy. 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 US 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 an 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 of supply chain management best practices. He is the 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 Rainmaker by DC Velocity magazine.

In 2023, Stank was recognized with the CSCMP’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award, earning him induction into the Supply Chain Hall of Fame.

Stank has a doctorate in marketing and distribution from the University of Georgia, master’s in business administration from Webster University and a bachelor’s from the United States Naval Academy.

Awards & Honors


    Full-Time MBA, Global Supply Chain, Professional MBA


    Global Supply Chain Institute


    1994 University of Georgia, Ph.D., Marketing and Distribution

    1987 Webster University, M.A., Business Administration

    1982 United States Naval Academy, B.S., Political Science