FAYETTEVILLE — Matthew A. Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will be honored with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ 2020 Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious in the industry.
Waller will receive the honor during the CSCMP EDGE 2020 Live! Conference and Exhibition Opening General Session on Sept. 20.
Waller, who is also a professor in the Walton College, serves on the Board of Advisors for the World Trade Center Arkansas.
“I am shocked, honored and thrilled to receive CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award,” Waller said.
“Thank you to Rick Blasgen, CEO of CSCMP, for his remarkable leadership of CSCMP to make this organization into the leading professional organization in supply chain management. I’m grateful to all of the leaders who wrote letters of nomination. I’m truly honored, especially given that last year, Kathy Wengel, executive vice president and chief global supply chain officer for Johnson & Johnson, received the award and the only other person from Arkansas to receive it is H. Lee Scott, retired CEO of Walmart Inc.”
CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management industry. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.
Under Waller’s leadership the Walton College has started many new initiatives and reached out for interdisciplinary programs across the university. In 2016 the college opened the McMillon Innovation Studio with a gift from the Walmart chief executive officer and a Walton College alumnus, Doug McMillon, and his wife, Shelley.
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