Proposed Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics

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Supply Chain Management and Logistics impact our everyday lives. The past few years have certainly shown all of us the consequences of supply chain breakdowns: empty shelves, late deliveries and backordered items. Supply chain management professionals implement tried-and-true approaches, along with new and creative solutions, to eliminate these problems for manufacturers, service providers and retailers. The importance of maintaining a steady, reliable supply chain cannot be overstated. The challenges and rewards of a supply chain management career attract many of the best and brightest students each year.

The proposed CSCML is currently assembling a board of advisors, consisting of representatives from a wide variety of supply chains, by May, 2023.


By leveraging location, infrastructure, and institutions to provide opportunities for our students and associates, the CSCML will take advantage of the natural advantages and capabilities of Southern Illinois to support academics, research and service.


The CSCML will serve students by promoting awareness of LSCM careers and will help students become LSCM leaders in their future roles. The Center will provide students with the opportunity to interact with academia, industry leaders, and local firms to understand real-world applications of LSCM tools and techniques. In alignment with the COBA mission, the CSCML will support the distinct student body attracted to SIU in their LSCM education and career development.

The Center will serve faculty by supporting research and pedagogical activities. By providing a research “hub” to bring together a mix of faculty from various disciplines (business, engineering and computer science, to name a few) not only from SIU-C, but also from institutions throughout the region, the CSCML will allow researchers to develop partnerships and ideas. Support of faculty teaching activities through workshops, colloquia and resources will be designed to improve the quality of LSCM courses.

The CSCML will serve the region by engaging and supporting firms who depend upon LSCM activities. Key elements of this engagement include raising awareness the importance of LSCM, providing learning and networking opportunities, and supporting the development of a thriving LSCM “culture of excellence” in Southern Illinois and the surrounding region.

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About the Director

photo of Dr. DeYongGregory DeYong, Ph.D. is leading the development of the proposed CSCML. DeYong is an Associate Professor of Management at SIU-C. He has extensive experience in manufacturing and supply chain management. Prior to completing his doctorate, Dr. DeYong spent 17 years in industry positions such as international sourcing and factory director. DeYong has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals covering topics such as inventory control, logistics and quality.

For more information about the proposed CSCML, or for information about supply chain management as a career, contact Dr. Gregory DeYong (

Input Requested

As we design and build the center, we are seeking input from a wide variety of sources:

  • Local firms
  • Regional and National firms
  • Regional academic institutions
  • Students and alumni