Hartley named Owens-Illinois Professor

Dr. Janet Hartley has been named the Owens-Illinois Professor of Business Administration.

Dr. Janet Hartley
Dr. Janet Hartley
Chair of the Department of Management, Hartley is extensively involved in the supply chain management program as a teacher, scholar and researcher. She has also successfully fostered positive relationships with the business community.

Hartley succeeds Dr. Timothy Fuerst, economics, as holder of the endowed professorship, which was created with a gift from Owens-Illinois Inc. in 1986. Dr. Chan Hahn, former chair of the management department, held the position until his retirement in 2000, when it was awarded to Fuerst. The length of the appointment is now limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

Dr. Nancy Merritt, interim dean of the business college, said the selection committee chose Hartley on the basis of "her established reputation as an outstanding teacher-scholar; scholarship that has resulted in significant contributions to the understanding and practice of business administration, and record of meaningful interaction with and contributions to the business community."

"A very high-quality set of nominees was received, providing testament to the many outstanding faculty in the College of Business Administration," Merritt added.

Hartley joined the BGSU faculty in 1994, the same year she received her Ph.D. in business administration, with a specialization in operations management, from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her MBA from Cincinnati in 1991.

In 1999, Hartley was promoted to associate professor and was named director of the University's Supply Chain Management Institute. She held the latter position until 2003, a year after she became management department chair. She was promoted to the rank of full professor last year.

A recipient of the business college's Marie R. Hodge Advising Award in 1997-98, Hartley teaches purchasing and supply chain management and production/operations management. Her research interests include supply management, supplier development and supplier cost management. The endowed professorship will provide professional opportunities to enhance her research, as well as teaching.

She has also written or co-authored more than 20 refereed journal articles and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Operations Management since 1998.

Hartley, who earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, held engineering positions at Clorox Co. for eight years before entering her doctoral program.
June 5, 2006