Dell Supporting SCM at Howard U.

Computer company's donation to help attract faculty to university's supply chain management program

Computer company's donation to help attract faculty to university's supply chain management program

Washington  September 25, 2003  Computer manufacturer Dell is extending its supply chain management expertise to Howard University, offering financial support to attract faculty and hands-on experience for students in the university's supply chain management program.

Dell will provide Howard with $150,000 over the next three years and give students and faculty opportunities to work with the company's manufacturing, procurement and fulfillment operations in Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn.

"It's important for our students to succeed in new and emerging fields like supply chain management," said David Fitzpatrick, director of supply chain management at Howard University. "Dell's direct model is considered a global benchmark for continuous improvement and innovation in the field."

The university's program involves all parts of the supply chain, including the interaction between manufacturers, suppliers, transporters, distributors and retailers.

Dell's partnership with Howard University includes support in attracting supply chain management faculty to the university, hands-on supply chain assignments at Dell for students and professors, and executive resources to help the university stay on the cutting-edge of the topic.

"Supply chain management is important to all businesses that manufacture goods and products because it ultimately affects service delivery, pricing and the customer's overall experience," said Dick Hunter, vice president of Dell Americas Operations. "It's refreshing to see universities, like Howard, embracing this as part of a core curriculum in an effort to help students cultivate opportunities for long-term education and career success."

Hunter will serve on Howard University's supply chain management advisory board, helping to develop training and educational tools for students.