ODU to Create School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations « News @ ODU

By Amber Kennedy

Old Dominion University will establish a School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations, reflecting its commitment to serve as a world leader in maritime studies.

At its June meeting, the University’s Board of Visitors approved a resolution to establish the school effective October 15. The University will then seek approval from the Virginia State Board of Higher Education.

The school will create a central academic house to coordinate programming on supply chain, logistics, and maritime topics that have been studied in the University’s colleges and by its research office. Supply chain management and maritime operations are inherently interdisciplinary, and recent supply chain challenges have shown that logistics professionals need broad subject matter expertise to meet the challenges that affect the world economy. Students trained in supply chain, logistics, and maritime operations may find experiential and professional opportunities in think tanks, corporations, health agencies, and nonprofits.

The school’s addition will build on the University’s legacy of maritime initiatives, including the International Institute of Shipping, Ports and Logistics established over 30 years ago at Strome College of Business. Earlier this year, ODU was ranked by the Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research as America’s top university for maritime management research.

The School will support the work of the Maritime Consortium, approved by President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., in November 2021 to better facilitate the coordination of University efforts. The consortium aims to promote and develop ODU’s maritime resources, and support the labor and research needs of multiple industries – naval and defense, shipbuilding and repair, commercial shipping, port supply chains and marine, offshore wind and more.

Through consortium and school development, ODU can provide cutting-edge data analytics, digital transformation, operational and innovation resources, training and research.

“ODU has a proven history of maritime leadership and collaboration, and our industry partners have told us we can do more,” said President Hemphill. “With the development of the Maritime Consortium and now the School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations, the University is poised to become a global leader promoting economic development, encouraging innovative research and constituting tomorrow’s workforce.”

In November, the Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative for Growth & Innovation (HRMC) released “A Pathway for Maritime Innovation in Hampton Roads,” a report prepared by TEConomy Partners that identified opportunities to leverage and expand the region’s innovation and workforce support to industry partners. Recommendations included building a sustainable home and brand for maritime innovation in Hampton Roads.

“ODU has helped lay the foundation for supply chain, logistics, and maritime research and collaboration, recognizing that the Commonwealth of Virginia has untapped opportunities for economic development,” said Wayne Coleman, President and Owner of CV International, Inc. (CVI) | Cape Town Shipping Agencies. “With the addition of this school, the University will help Hampton Roads strengthen its global reputation as a hub for innovation across a wide range of industries all tied to our greatest asset – water.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the demand for trained logistics workers is expected to increase by 30% between 2020 and 2030. With its proximity to the Port of Virginia, military bases and shipyards, ODU is a key partner in the workforce development for the region. .

“Coordinating our academic and research initiatives through the new school will put ODU in a stronger position to develop a skilled supply chain and maritime workforce while strengthening our collaborations with industry and military partners across Hampton Roads,” said Austin Agho, provost and vice president of ODU. for academic affairs. “Through this school, ODU can meet the critical needs of our community.”

The school would bring together faculty from all of the University’s academic colleges to create interdisciplinary programs, including but not limited to disciplines such as business analysis, coastal engineering, oceanography, engineering management, systems engineering, information technology, political science, geography, history, management. , sociology, data science, cybersecurity and marketing.

“With the effects of bottlenecks felt around the world, the pandemic has shown just how interconnected our maritime and supply chain industries are,” said Brian Payne, vice provost for academic affairs. “Students enrolled in ODU’s School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations will learn the issues that have far-reaching impacts and will graduate ready to anticipate challenges and introduce solutions.”

The School of Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Operations will meet the growing demand for a skilled logistics workforce by offering maritime and supply chain degrees and fair learning applications on time through shorter certificate programs. ODU offerings will include the current Master of Science degree in Maritime Commerce and Supply Chain Management, and new bachelor’s degree programs will be developed. The school will also foster meaningful relationships with industry and military partners to conduct joint research and create workforce development initiatives that promote economic development in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia.

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