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Dr. James Kirby Easterling

Kirby Easterling
  • Executive in Residence


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Dr. James Kirby Easterling— a proud eastern Kentuckian (Pike Co.) with deep Appalachian roots—worked in progressive supply chain leadership roles with multi-national companies for over 20 years, including long-term international assignments in both Japan and Singapore with Corning Incorporated.  Easterling served as General Manager/Entity Director of Corning’s Supply Chain Management Services hub in Singapore before transitioning into academia in 2014 where he has since led the establishment of the Global Supply Chain Management program at Eastern Kentucky University.  Easterling earned Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in both Accounting and Economics, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration, all from Eastern Kentucky University, and subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University before completing his Doctorate of Business Administration degree (Supply Chain Management) at the University of Florida.

Courses typically taught:

MGT370-Operations Management

MKT431-Strategic Procurement


MGT375-Supply Chain Planning

GBU480-Business Strategy

MGT300-Introduction to Management

MBA833-Supply Chain (MBA class)


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