Walton’s Supply Chain Management Program Ranks No. 1 Again





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The Sam M. Walton College of Business’s Department of Supply Chain Management undergraduate program has been ranked #1 in North America by global research firm Gartner.

“Gartner is a respected and unbiased industry leader,” said Matthew A. Waller, Dean of Walton College and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business. “This Gartner ranking reflects the hard work of our exceptional faculty, staff, and students. Without a doubt, our supply chain department is one of the best!

Gartner, which studies and evaluates companies and academic programs in various industries, releases its findings on supply chain programs every two years. The Arkansas program remained the top program in Gartner’s previous rankings in 2020.

“I’m so proud of my department,” said Brian Fugate, chair of the supply chain management department and holder of the Oren Harris Chair in Transportation. “We’ve worked hard to develop a top-notch curriculum, hire exceptional faculty, recruit bright and energetic students, and develop relationships with the best in the industry. This announcement is the culmination of that hard work.

The rankings reflect excellence in three specific areas: industry value, program reach, and program size.

“Northwest Arkansas has become a hub for the study and practice of supply chain management,” Fugate said. “There are great businesses in the area, which helps us attract great teachers and great students. It fuels our passion to be good stewards of what we have been given.

Gartner Ranking – Best Supply Chain Management Programs

  1. University of Arkansas
  2. University of Tennessee
  3. University of South Carolina
  4. Auburn University
  5. Rutgers University
  6. University of North Texas
  7. Northeastern University
  8. University of Texas, Dallas
  9. University of Houston
  10. Pennsylvania State University

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.