Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm recently appointed The John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration David Clossto the new Supply Chain Management Development Commission for a term effective June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2013.

According to Michigan legislation, the Supply Chain Management Development Commission was created to “construct a road map for attracting, supporting, marketing and growing the international trade, supply chain and logistics industries by advising on the development and coordination of state transportation and economic development policies. Based upon an inventory of industry needs and state strengths and an economic multiplier impact analysis, the commission shall study and design programs to provide incentives and otherwise support these growth industries through workforce development, tax incentives, recruitment, marketing, and other activities.”

Seven people have been appointed by the governor to this commission who have education in, experience with, or knowledge of supply chain management and logistics, including individuals representing commerce, transportation, border operators, warehousing, local economic development agencies and institutions of higher learning.

“I’m honored to be a part of this new state-wide initiative, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes this commission will produce to further Michigan supply chain issues,” says Closs.

Closs, who chairs the Broad School’s Supply Chain Management department, has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning. His primary research interests include supply chain strategy, information systems, security and planning techniques.