A Michigan State University supply chain expert has been appointed to a newly formed state commission on transportation and logistics issues. Gov. Rick Snyder named David Closs, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business at the Broad College of Business, to the seven-member Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration.
The commission is housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and will work with local, state, and regional governments on issues such as trade and commerce and economic development. It also will advise state agencies on supply chain management issues and freight transportation.
“Innovation in supply chain logistics is important to Michigan’s economy and the global marketplace,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press release. “I thank these talented individuals for their willingness to serve this important commission.”
Closs has served on the faculty of the Broad College for 35 years and has worked with more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations on issues related to logistics and strategy systems. In 2012, he participated in a White House panel on supply chain sustainability after receiving an invitation from the U.S. General Services Administration. With colleagues from MSU’s top-ranked Department of Supply Chain Management, he is currently involved in a research project that will redefine the future of supply chains. In addition, he recently was named the interim director of the new Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation. Closs earned his bachelor’s, MBA, and PhD from MSU.
MSU’s undergraduate and graduate supply chain programs currently are ranked #1 and #2, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report.