USD Supply Chain Institute Director Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Simon Croom, executive director of the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute has been awarded one of four fellowships from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) in the United Kingdom.

The fellowship of 16,000 pounds (equivalent to $32,000) will fund research, education, networking and other activities for two years in the area of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. With more than 40,000 members, CIPS is a global leader in promoting best practices and standards for industry in supply chain management.

“This award is a great recognition of USD’s supply chain institute,” Croom said. “Issues of corporate responsibility and sustainability are at the forefront of challenges facing the corporate and public sectors so I’m very excited to begin this work.”

Supply chain issues are critical to an organization’s efforts to be good corporate citizens and to “go green,” he added. “In my view, an organization’s supply chain – its network of procurement, design, manufacturing and distribution – is the most important tool it has to create social change.”

Croom, who has been director of USD’s institute since 2005, has spent his entire professional career in supply chain management, both as practitioner and as a leading academic researcher. He came to USD from the University of Warwick Business School in the UK and has been an advisor to numerous corporations and the UK government.

USD’s School of Business Administration, which houses the supply chain institute, provides a great foundation for this research, Croom said. Last year the school was ranked in the top 100 of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey looking at how well social and environmental issues are incorporated into the training of future business leaders. USD was ranked 36th.

About the USD Supply Chain Management Institute

The Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) is one of the leading university institutions in the world and hosted the 2006 Worldwide Symposium in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management. The institute has built a strong, influential Advisory Board of senior procurement and supply executives from many sectors including the utilities, manufacturing, biotech, electronics, financial services, health care and consumer goods industries. Go to

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.