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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011, Posted On: 7/18/2011

Donald J. Bowersox Dies; Pioneered NAMA-MSU Executive Courses

Tim Sanford
Donald J. Bowersox, supply chain management expert, Michigan State University, Eli Broad College, National Automatic Merchandising Association, NAMA Executive Development Program, vending, vending machine, vending machine business, vending industry, automated retailing

CHICAGO -- Donald J. Bowersox, who served as professor emeritus of marketing and supply chain management at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) and was dean of its Eli Broad College in 2001 and 2002, died on July 4. He was 79.

Dr. Bowersox, who joined the MSU faculty in 1966, was one of the National Automatic Merchandising Association's academic partners in the creation of its Executive Development Program. He served as a lead faculty member of the EDP from 2000 until his retirement in 2006, and took part in seven of the programs.

"Don's contribution to the development of NAMA's EDP was significant, and today the program is one of the most highly acclaimed at NAMA," said Dan Mathews, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the association. "The program's first-rate speakers, incredible networking possibilities and excellent opportunity to strengthen leadership skills are reasons past participants continue to give it stellar reviews. Don's contributions to NAMA have been immeasurable, and we are thankful for all his efforts. He will certainly be missed."

Dr. Bowersox held three degrees from MSU, and became a trailblazer in the discipline of supply chain and logistics scholarship and management. He was one of the best known and most influential supply chain management academics worldwide. Appointed to the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration in 1985, in recognition of his contributions to academia, industry and the community, Dr. Bowersox was honored with the Broad College's first Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award in 2002.

A prolific author, he wrote textbooks that were translated into 15 languages and used around the world. After he retired, he continued writing articles and co-authoring textbooks.

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