Supply chain management expert Dr. Brent D. Williams will deliver the 2019 Vaughn Lecture at Williams Baptist University. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. in WBU’s Mabee Student Center coffeehouse & grill. The public is invited, and there is no charge to attend.
Williams is associate dean for executive education and outreach and the Garrison Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
In his role as associate dean, he leads Walton College units that connect to the business community. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the U of A, where he concentrated in supply chain management.
His research program focuses on how retail supply chains can develop and redesign planning and execution processes to meet the demands of today’s changing marketplace. He has published 25 articles in leading business journals, such as Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and Journal of Business Logistics.
Williams actively works with many large retailers, consumer packaged goods manufacturers and supply chain solutions providers to develop customized, executive education solutions. Most notably, he has helped to develop and implement J.B. Hunt University, which is a comprehensive program that includes online, blended and face-to-face programs designed to help J.B. Hunt employees be better supply chain management practitioners.
He is married to the former Jennifer Tedder, who is a native of Walnut Ridge.
The Vaughn Lecture at WBU is named for the late Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who endowed the lectureship in the late 1990s. The Vaughns lived in Jonesboro and had also been longtime residents of Delaplaine. Both spent their careers in the field of education.
Williams is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge.