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EKU Global Supply Chain Management Program featured in Military Advanced Education and Transition

l-r: CBT Dean Tom Erekson, Rob Perry, Kaytlin Siegmundt, Kirby Easterling

EKU's Global Supply Chain Management program is growing to meet industry demand - and the industry is beginning to take notice. The February/March 2017 issue of Military Advanced Education and Transition highlights three SCM programs across the US, one of which is EKU's program coordinated by Executive-in-Residence Mr. James Kirby Easterling.

Easterling worked closely with MAE&T correspondent Kasey Chisholm. "This article really captures the ‘spirit’ of not only the SCM program but EKU overall," said Easterling. EKU student Rob Perry made significant contributions to the article as did Dr. Brett Morris and Dr. Bryan Cole, both retired military and now EKU Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Director of Military and Veterans Affairs respectively.

The journal is shared with thousands of current military members, many who are looking to transition into an academic program. 

Planning for Success: Careers in Logistics Offer Unlimited Opportunities | by Kasey Chisolm, MAE&T Correspondent (selected text below, full text attached)


Eastern Kentucky University has a Global Supply Chain program that includes the four major pillars of the Supply Chain Operating Reference (SCOR) Model - Planning, Sourcing, Making (Manufacturing or Services), and Delivering  (i.e.  Logistics).  James Kirby Easterling, the Executive-in-Residence in the Global Supply Chain Management program, explained that “Many schools offer a program that focuses primarily on one pillar (ex. Logistics), whereas at EKU we offer a comprehensive SCM degree program that integrates all the components, and our graduates are  in high demand  accordingly.” The program at EKU is a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Global Supply Management, including logistics, strategic procurement, operations management, supply chain planning, information systems, and supply chain network design optimization. A Global Supply Chain certificate is also available for EKU students who have selected a different major, yet still  would  like  to  be competent in the SCOR model. Students in the program also have many opportunities to be exposed to industry leaders  through paid internships with such companies as Hitachi, Bechtel, Bristol-Myers Squibb and more, as well as during the Global Supply Chain  Executive Speaker Series. Easterling believes that the graduates of EKU’s program have unlimited opportunities. “Every organization is bound by  its resources, and supply chain students are skilled at managing those limited resources in the most efficient manner, regardless of whether  it’s for-profit or non-profit,” he continued, “Many Supply Chain Management students start off their career working as a Materials Analyst, a Production Planner, a Commodity Manager (i.e. Buyer), a Logistician, or Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP).”  Robert Perry has found his  experience in EKU’s program invaluable as he prepares for his future, sharing that “The faculty team at EKU’s SCM program are ensuring these  young professionals are graduating with a complete and extensive knowledge of this vastly expanding career field while standing head and shoulders above the competition and hitting the ground running on their first day on the job.” Perry  is also  grateful  that  real-world  experts,  like Easterling, are brought in to the program to keep things relevant. Easterling himself is a three time EKU graduate with twenty-two years of experience in supply chain management, and he returned to his alma-mater to help them craft a genuinely comprehensive program.

The EKU Operation Veteran Success initiative provides a number of benefits to military students seeking their academic dreams, including a  highly acclaimed one-stop-shop Veterans Success Center to serve all your transition needs, no application processing fee for undergraduate  veterans or their dependents, in-state tuition for all Post 9-11 eligible military personnel, veterans and dependents using the benefit, maximum  credit hours for military experience documented on your Joint Service Transcript (JST), priority (early) registration for classes to keep you on  track to graduate, military friendly withdrawal and readmission policy due to unanticipated deployment orders, transition housing assistance for newly discharged veterans, and an active Student Veterans of America Chapter – EKU VETS. The Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at EKU is retired Army Major Dr. Bryan Cole, so he understands the military experience. Perry explained the comfort he felt at EKU as a veteran, stating that “Being one of the over 1200 veterans that are currently enrolled at its campus, it is a welcoming feeling the moment you arrive on campus.  There is a wealth of knowledge at the Veteran Affairs office and access to the staff is second to none.” EKU takes great pride in its dedication to service men and women.

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Published on March 10, 2017

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