Autry and Bell Assume New Leadership Roles at UT Haslam

October 28, 2021

Chad Autry is the new associate dean for research and faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. John Bell has been appointed to Autry’s previous position as head of the college’s Department of Supply Chain Management.

“I appreciate Chad Autry’s willingness to serve the college in this capacity, and I enjoy working with him in this role. Under his leadership, the Department of Supply Chain Management made impressive strides,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “John Bell is continuing the line of excellent leaders who have helped the department achieve a tradition of excellence, including providing high-quality education to our students and conducting rigorous and relevant supply chain research.”

Chad Autry

Autry, the FedEx Corporation Professor of Supply Chain Management, joined the UT faculty in 2010. Milestones during his time as department head include: the launch of Haslam’s first fully online graduate degree program, the M.S. in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent; supply chain management’s growth to become the largest undergraduate program major at UT; expansion of corporate membership partnerships for the Supply Chain Forum; and the development of the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative (ASCC), an academic-corporate research partnership that is a joint initiative between Haslam’s Global Supply Chain Institute, Department of Supply Chain Management and Department of Business Analytics and Statistics.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity, and I am excited by the challenges of the new role,” Autry said. “The Haslam College of Business has the strongest faculty we’ve ever had, both in terms of teaching and research, and I’m glad to be able to serve them in this way.”

John Bell

Bell, the Gerald T. Niedert Professor of Supply Chain Management, is in his 12th year on the Haslam faculty. Prior to joining UT, he served in the United States Air Force for 24 years and managed a number of logistics organizations around the world. His teaching and research focus on logistics and supply chain management, vehicle routing, facility location selection, hazardous material transportation and supply chain strategy and risk. His publications have appeared in numerous journals, and he is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

“It’s an honor to be named the head of the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business,” Bell said. “Our supply chain programs have achieved phenomenal growth and risen in the rankings in the past two decades. Working with an outstanding group of colleagues, I hope to continue this tradition of excellence.”

The leadership changes followed Charles Noble’s decision to return to full-time involvement in Haslam’s Department of Marketing. Noble, the Henry Distinguished Professor of Business, had served as the college’s associate dean for research and faculty since 2016.

“Charlie Noble has been a key part of the college’s leadership team, and it has been a privilege to work closely with him,” Mangum said. “His efforts will have a lasting positive impact on the Haslam College of Business.”


Stacy Estep, writer/publicist,