Professor named Council chair

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professors has selected Nancy Nix, a professor of business who has worked at the university for 10 years, as its board of directors chair. 

Nix, the director of TCU’s Supply and Value Chain Center, has received awards of recognition for Outstanding MBA Faculty and Curriculum Innovation, according to the Neeley School of Business website.

Nix came to the university in July 2001 as the director of the Supply and Value Chain Center.

“My job was to build a supply chain program [that] established strong relationships with the business community,” Nix said.

Nix has hosted 11 supply chain conferences, established the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management with Charles Lamb as the department chair and established an undergraduate major and a concentration in the MBA program, she said.

Lamb, also a professor of marketing, said Nix was a practical thinker with valuable leadership experience.

“She has a unique blend of academic and practitioner knowledge and experience,” Lamb said. “Her training and experience have been domestic and global.”

Nix has taught university courses such as Supply Chain Strategy, Global Supply Chain Management, Demand Forecasting Management and Supply Chain Analytical Tools.

The CSCMP board is responsible for developing strategy, setting the direction and overseeing the management of the organization.

“The organization provides education and networking opportunities through multiple events around the world,” Nix said. “They also sponsor supply chain research and a number of educational publications, including CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly,” Nix said.

In 2011, CSCMP utilized a supply chain certification program, SCPro, and opened its first regional office outside the United States in Mumbai, India.

Nix is a member of the board of the organization in India and will present at the first CSCMP Conference in Mumbai in June, Nix said.

Just two-and-a-half years ago, Nix took on the role of executive director of the Executive MBA program. She has been teaching the Supply Chain Strategy course in the EMBA program  for the past five years and will lead the sixth trip to China for the EMBA Global Environment of Business class.

Morgan Swink, the current executive director and professor who holds the position of Eunice and James L. West Chair of Supply Chain Management, said Nix stayed intimately involved in the center’s activities.

This year, the undergraduate program was ranked 19th in the nation by Gartner and 21st in the nation by BusinessWeek.

“It is a great help to our program that Dr. Nix is an energetic lady who gets things done,” Swink said. “She has lots of good ideas and a strategic vision for organizations that she leads. She is also a very good communicator.”

Nix said she spent many years in the industry in supply chain related roles, first in multiple U.S. locations with DuPont, then in India with Reliance Industries Limited. After her industry experience, she completed her doctoral degree in logistics and marketing at the University of Tennessee.

“The industry and academic experience was a perfect combination for my role at TCU,” Nix said.

She said it was rewarding to be a part of building a great program and helping students develop the knowledge and skills to become the supply chain leaders of the future.

“Lifelong learning is critical,” Nix said. “The world is changing so fast that what you know today is not what you need to know tomorrow, so those who dedicate themselves to continuously expanding their knowledge and improving their skills will be the successful leaders of the future.”