Introducing Chicago's first Supply and Value Chain Center
At a conference today, Loyola's Quinlan School of Business announced the launch of the city's first and only Supply and Value Chain Center.
The center, to be located at Loyola's Water Tower Campus (820 N. Michigan Avenue), will provide a centralized venue for academics and industry leaders alike looking to network, share their insights, and produce cutting-edge research with immediate, practical implications for the discipline of supply and value chain management.
Offering strategic alignment with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's citywide initiative, the center fills a critical gap for Chicago as an international hub for transportation, distribution, and logistics.
"We see this as a niche for our school," says Dean Kathleen A. Getz. "No other educational institute in the area specializes in supply and value chain research, education, and practice. We hope to be a resource for other academic leaders as well as our growing list of professional partners."
The announcement came at the culmination of Quinlan's daylong symposium, the State of Chicago in the Global Supply Chain, which featured a keynote address by Rosemarie Andolino, of the Chicago Department of Aviation. Other guests included John Caltagirone, of NTT Data; Joe Shacter, of the Illinois Department of Transportation; Ann Drake, of DSC Logistics; and, Craig Espevik, of Yaskawa.
The center builds upon the distinction of Quinlan as the only accredited school in Illinois to offer a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, a program that launched earlier this fall.