About the Supply Chain Management Institute

Developing tomorrow's supply chain professionals.

In 1986, long before other universities recognized the need to serve the supply chain discipline, the University of San Diego School of Business began conducting annual forums in this evolving field. In 1999, after more than a decade of successful growth, the Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) was created and today has earned a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional professionals who are sought after by industry and the public sector alike.

SCMI shares all of its insights and best practices through graduate web-based programs, on-campus programs, executive education and semi-annual forums. We support every supply chain-related program at USD, including the master's in supply chain management, undergraduate major and minor in supply chain management, and the supply chain concentration for MBA students.

Mission

Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge and best practices in three areas:
  1. Collaborative Relationships: Create a fertile environment in which scholars, students and industry partners collaborate to advance knowledge, drive thought leadership and create practical solutions for the greater supply chain profession.
  2. World-Class Education: Support undergraduate, graduate and executive education by providing relevant educational programs focused on the benefits of effective supply chain management.
  3. Applied Research: Identify and propose real-world strategies, processes and systems that are at the forefront of efforts to improve performance in supply chain management.

Meet our advisory board.

SCMI Advisory Board members consist of executive supply chain professionals who share insights, enable access, and provide resources to fulfill SCMI's vision and mission. Their contributions provide the necessary resources to host events such as the Fall Forum and Spring Symposium, support student internships, enable students to engage in case competitions and enhance student learning through experiential education. From Basic partners to Sponsor partners, the support of our Advisory Board members enables SCMI to support students, as well as faculty, to achieve their dreams of excelling as supply chain leaders.

SCMI Advisory Board
Joel Sutherland Managing director, Supply Chain Management Institute,
University of San Diego
Mary Ann Brennan Chief operating officer, 9th Wonder Agency
Jim Best Chief growth officer, EKA Solutions
Rosemary Coates Executive director, Reshoring Institute
Jill Donoghue Vice president, logistics, Bumble Bee Foods
Michael Forbes Board member, Elite Aerospace Group
Rick Fultz Chief business officer, Biocom
Laura Hanlon Vice president, supply chain, WD-40 Company
Keith Higashi Procurement system integrity manager, General Atomics - ASI
Mike Kelsey Director, supply management, San Diego Gas & Electric
Ken Landrith Director, supply management, Southern California Edison
Jim McDaniel Senior director, supply chain and operations, Lytx
Leslie Oliver Director, supply chain, Solar Turbines
Mark Palamar Senior director, operations, QUALCOMM
John Pasha Senior vice president, Pasha Automotive Services
Charlie Redden Director, wood operations and sourcing, Taylor Guitars
Lisa Shambro Founder, Shambro Consulting
Ramesh Tharuvai Vice president, supply chain and manufacturing, 
Neurocrine Biosciences
Maria Thompson Chairman and CEO, Agile Sourcing Partners
Kate Winfield Supply chain manager, Viasat