Harrison to lead Smeal's sustainability efforts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems and the Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor in Business, has been appointed to lead the Penn State Smeal College of Business sustainability initiative. A strategic priority for the college, the initiative’s goal is to bring sustainability issues to the forefront across the areas of teaching, research, outreach and operations.

“Smeal has been a leader among academic units here at Penn State in answering the University’s call to prioritize sustainability. In 2012, we developed and approved a dedicated Sustainability Strategic Plan for the college,” said Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “I’m confident that Terry will help us continue to make great strides toward becoming a more sustainable college.”

One of Harrison’s primary tasks as leader of the sustainability initiatives will be working to establish a Center for Sustainable Business. This center will support research, curriculum innovation and corporate outreach on sustainable business methods.

Harrison will also work closely with the Sustainability Advisory Board, a group of industry representatives that helps keep the college on the forefront of corporate developments in sustainable business practices, identifies research areas and provides input on sustainability-related curricula.

In addition, he’ll work to broaden interest in sustainability efforts among the Smeal community by supporting student, faculty and staff efforts to improve sustainability practices through the Smeal Green Team and graduate and undergraduate chapters of Net Impact.

Harrison will take over the sustainability initiative from Gerry Susman, Emeritus Klein Professor of Management, who has been instrumental in integrating sustainability initiatives into the college strategy.

“Gerry has done a great job in bringing the college together on this issue, and his positive efforts have helped promote sustainability to a top-of-mind issue across the college,” said Harrison. “I’m excited to build on his efforts and continue to work to make Smeal one of the very best business schools in the area of sustainability.”

Harrison, a Smeal faculty member since 1982, has teaching and research expertise in the areas of supply chain management and modeling, large-scale production and distribution systems, and the management of renewable natural resources. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in management science from the University of Tennessee as well as a bachelor’s degree in forest science from Penn State.

About Sustainability at Smeal
The Smeal College of Business is committed to sustainability in education, research and practice. In 2013, the college's Sustainability Strategic Plan was developed by a college task force and authorized by the dean. Sustainability is infused into courses across the Smeal curriculum, including a two-piece sequence for undergraduates and a concentration in the Penn State Smeal MBA Program. The college also supports faculty research efforts related to business and sustainability, promotes outreach efforts through educational units and research centers, and leads by example in promoting sustainable behavior among current faculty, staff and students. For more information on sustainability efforts at Smeal, visit the Smeal Sustainability Council's website at www.smeal.psu.edu/sustainability-council.

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Last Updated September 02, 2014