UT Haslam’s Ted Stank Honored with Supply Chain Hall of Fame Induction

July 6, 2023

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has selected Ted Stank, Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to receive the 2023 Distinguished Service Award. This selection means Stank, who is also the Harry J. & Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business, co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute and head of the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative at the Department of Supply Chain Management at UT’s Haslam College of Business, will be inducted into the Supply Chain Management Hall of Fame. Stank joins such luminaries as Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, Amazon founder and owner Jeff Bezos and former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole. The induction ceremony will be held during the CSCMP EDGE Conference in October.

Educating Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Leaders with Valued Thought Leadership

Stank has made numerous contributions to the supply chain management field. In addition to preparing a new generation of supply chain leaders to guide the discipline into the future, Stank studies strategic implications and performance benefits associated with supply chain management best practices. The author of more than 100 articles in academic and professional journals and co-author of five books, he is regularly sought out for commentary by leading trade publications and major media outlets, including Business Insider, European Business Insider, Supply Chain Management Review, the Commercial Appeal, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized in this way by my peers,” Stank said. “This award is reflective of all the tremendously smart and talented people with whom I have been privileged to work, particularly here at UT. What the Distinguished Service Award stands for is what I have tried to make my entire career about, helping students and professionals grow in the supply chain discipline and helping the industry strengthen its resiliency and responsiveness.”

Honoring a Supply Chain Visionary

John Bell, head of the supply chain management department, Daniel and Karen Myers Faculty Scholar, Nancy and David McKinney Faculty Fellow and John “Red” Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management, called the award a fitting tribute to Stank’s contributions to the supply chain management profession.

“Ted is a supply chain visionary,” Bell said. “His academic accomplishments have significantly contributed to the development of the supply chain discipline and to [UT’s] high regard as a leading supply chain program. The insights and assistance he has rendered to so many businesses to help improve their supply chains mark him as an esteemed expert in the field. We couldn’t be more thrilled for him to be recognized with this Distinguished Service Award.”

Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, said Haslam is proud to see Stank’s achievements honored by an organization as prestigious as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

“Students studying with Ted benefit from the insights of one of the foremost thinkers in the supply chain field. Likewise, through the Global Supply Chain Forum and other avenues, Ted directly helps corporate supply chain leaders innovate their supply chains to the benefit of society at large. What’s truly remarkable is that Ted is equally willing to give of his time and expertise to both the supply chain executive and the first-year supply chain student.”

About the CSCMP Distinguished Service Award and Supply Chain Hall of Fame

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor CSCMP bestows, presented annually during its EDGE conference. Any individual who significantly contributed to the fields of logistics and supply chain management is eligible to receive the Distinguished Service Award, which includes practitioners with responsibilities in functional areas of logistics and supply chain management, consultants and educators. Individuals can be nominated for contributions or innovations involving technology or in educating others about logistics and supply chain management, for example, or for increasing awareness of the critical role that logistics and supply chain management play in the global economy to the business community at large.

Inductees into the Supply Chain Hall of Fame must have 20 years in the supply chain and logistics field. Induction recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the landscape of supply chain management and shown considerable success in the industry, illustrated extraordinary leadership skills and served as a role model to supply chain students, young professionals and budding entrepreneurs.

About Haslam’s Department of Supply Chain Management

The Haslam College of Business has one of the most comprehensive, forward-thinking and highly regarded supply chain management programs in the world. U.S. News & World Report and Gartner consistently rank Haslam’s supply chain program among the global top four. An advisory board of more than 40 industry professionals informs its curriculum, and students develop applied skills to help improve organizational performance through supply chain management.


Brian Canever, marketing content manager, bcanever@utk.edu