BGSU appoints Louisville scholar to endowed business chair position

Dr. Hokey Min, a Distinguished University Scholar in supply chain management at the University of Louisville, has been named the James R. Good Chair of Global Strategy.

The board of trustees appointed Min to the endowed chair position in the Department of Management at its May 5 meeting.

The position was created in memory of James R. Good, a 1951 BGSU graduate and international businessman who left his estate to the University, designating that it be used to endow a chair in the College of Business Administration.

When he died in March 1989, Good was owner and president of Oasis Development Corp., a real estate development firm in New York City. The Fostoria native had previously spent 30 years with Continental Grain Co., where he was vice president of the World Grain Division and instrumental in opening grain trade with the former Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.

Min, who will also be a professor of management at BGSU, has taught at Louisville since 1998, first as an associate professor of marketing and management and, since 2000, as a professor of supply chain management. He has held the title of Distinguished University Scholar since 2002.

Throughout his tenure at Louisville, he has been executive director of its Logistics and Distribution Institute, overseeing the activities of four research centers and four computer laboratories. Two of the four research centers—the UPS Center for Worldwide Supply Chain Management and the UPS Center for Quick Response Services—were established with a $1.5 million grant from the UPS Foundation.

Min has directed the UPS Center for Worldwide Supply Chain Management since 2002. He is also a director of the Kentuckiana Dream project, in which the center has worked with the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at Louisville to prepare refugees and immigrants living in Kentucky and Indiana for the workplace by providing English language training.

A $785,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant established the university’s Center for Supply Chain Workforce Development, which Min has directed since 2003. His contribution to Kentucky’s Warehouse Workforce Development Program earned him a commission as a Kentucky Colonel from then-Gov. Paul Patton.

Before going to Louisville, Min taught at Auburn University (1992-98), Northeastern University (1989-92) and the University of New Orleans (1987-89).

“Dr. Min’s experience over nearly 20 years includes undergraduate, graduate and executive teaching,” noted Dr. Nancy Merritt, interim dean of the College of Business Administration. “He is an outstanding scholar and brings expertise in global transportation, logistics and distribution to the program.

“His prolific research record is complemented with grants and consulting projects that connect research and practice for international supply chains,” she added.

Min has made presentations at more than 20 executive education and professional development seminars, and been a consultant for a number of private companies and public projects. In the latter category, his current associates include the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, for whom he has conducted case studies on the improvement of health-care distribution services to malaria patients in sub-Saharan Africa.

The author or co-author of nearly 100 articles in refereed journals, Min was a charter member of both the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications and the editorial review board of the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. He has also been a guest editor of special issues of the international journals of Information Technology and Management, and Service Technology Management.

Min earned master’s and doctoral degrees in management sciences from Ohio State University in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He also holds master’s degrees in business administration from the University of South Carolina and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He has a bachelor’s degree in German from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.
May 8, 2006