by Geoff Larcom, Published April 20, 2011
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University senior Kevin Douglas, a student in the College of Business, is one of 10 students from around the country recently awarded a nationally recognized scholarship in supply chain management.
Douglas, from Kentwood, Mich., is a winner of the 2011 R. Gene Richter Scholarship. Now in its eighth year, the Richter Scholarship Program is the largest collegiate scholarship program in the field of supply chain management. Winners will be recognized May 15 at an awards dinner held during the Institute for Supply Management's Annual International Conference and Educational Exhibit in Orlando.
Douglas is also active outside of class. He will serve as captain of the EMU diving team next season, and is a member of EMU's Student Athletic Advisory Council and the Dean's Board of Student Advisors at the College of Business (COB).
He was a key organizer of the college's Fifth Annual Ethos Week, which was held in March and offered activities focused on ethical issues in accounting, health care, law and retail.
After winning the award, Douglas spoke of the connection he feels with faculty members at EMU.
"I have been amazed at how dedicated, caring, and influential all of the professors at Eastern Michigan have been in my life," he said. "I am happy to be part of a university that truly values the voice of students, and where the professors and faculty are willing to go the extra mile to ensure everyone reaches their fullest potential."
Said David Mielke, dean of the COB: "Kevin is one more example of the excellent students we have at the College of Business. The combination of a great student and a great supply chain program led to Kevin's national recognition."
Douglas said that after EMU, he plans a career in the field of supply chain management, specifically in the lean/operational excellence area.
"Learning how to identify waste with cross-functional, continuous improvement teams is something I really enjoyed while working in the manufacturing environment," he said.
Douglas' high school summer jobs sparked his interest in supply chain management. His duties included loading skids at manufacturing facilities for Amway Corporation, then progressing to temporary assignments as an assembler and material handler. He will return to Amway as an intern this summer.
Richter Scholars receive tuition assistance of up to $5,000, plus the benefits of an executive mentor, which pairs the student with an established executive, and a junior mentor, which pairs the student with a former Richter scholar.
The R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program was established and named in memory of R. Gene Richter, who was a galvanizing force in the field of procurement. He led the supply organizations at The Black & Decker Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and International Business Machines (IBM).
The Institute for Supply Management was founded in 1915, and seeks to lead and serve the supply management profession. For more information, see the website at www.ism.ws