Faculty Spotlight: Ron Summerhill, MBA

Chatham University’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department welcomes Ron Summerhill as the new instructor for Global Procurement (BUS 462/562) in Spring 2016. Professor Summerhill is a Manager of Professional Services at SciQuest and member of the Best Practices Center helping customers strategize and construct Advanced Sourcing events. He holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Point Park University, is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management, and teaches economics at Point Park University.

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Professor Summerhill has been looking forward to joining Chatham’s Business & Entrepreneurship Department because he is “passionate about the topic of business, and particularly individual entrepreneurship. I believe in our system and culture of encouraging lawful personal pursuits, and that people should enable themselves with the business and financial acumen necessary to succeed. With Chatham’s profound history and established reputation, I am proud to be a part of it and hope to continue its tradition of progressive learning in emerging fields of study.”

In the Global Procurement course, business students examine the impact of acquisition on quality, cost, and efficiency of supply chain management through tools and methodologies of managing the procurement function. “The Global Procurement course is helping me understand the importance of the procurement function within a business,” notes Anisha Jampana, MBA ’16 and student in Professor Summerhill’s Global Procurement class. “The small size of the class gives me the opportunity to interact closely with the professor. Professor Ron Summerhill has an exceptional background; his real-life experiences combined with the subject material make the class discussions very interactive. One of the most important elements that I have learned so far is that companies will no longer compete against one another in the future; rather, entire supply chains will compete against one another to have a competitive advantage.”

With over twenty years of Procurement and Supply Chain experience, Professor Summerhill ends by noting that he has “seen the growth and increasing importance of this role in critical business decisions. The future of this field will continue to evolve (rapidly) and to be able to meet those future challenges is an exciting opportunity to apply new ideas and reconsider current practices with a new perspective.”

The Global Procurement course is a required course for students in the Supply Chain Management concentration in Chatham’s MBA program, and an elective option for all MBA students. The Supply Chain Management concentration was introduced in the Fall of 2014 to meet the growing demand for students with supply chain expertise. Supply chain management is experiencing a rapid job growth and is an ideal career path for business professionals who enjoy analyzing data, solving complex business problems, and leading organizational change. Demand for supply chain expertise is high across a variety of industries, including healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, and technology. MBA graduates with a concentration in Supply Chain Management will be drivers of innovative change and creators of strategic value for businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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