COLUMBIA, S.C.—The University of South Carolina created a new endowed chair position at the Darla Moore School of Business, funded by a $2 million grant from Continental.
The Continental Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management and Management Science was presented during the fall 2017 Industry Summit of the Operations and Supply Chain center, held at the university's Alumni Center, according to a University of South Carolina release.
The endowed chair reaffirms the role of the research university and the importance of corporate partnerships, said Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina president.
The endowed chair will support demand for teaching and research in operations and supply chain. The position will begin as early as 2020 following a national search, said the University of South Carolina.
Continental began working with the center in 2013 when seeking input on where to locate a warehouse for its tire business. Since, Continental and the center have worked on a number of projects together.
The Operations and Supply Chain center was formed in 2005 to help companies improve performance and provide students with real-world experience and application of operations management skills learned in the classroom. The Moore School center has completed 235 student and faculty-led projects that have saved partner companies upward of $200 million, said the university.
Todd Pearce, vice president of controlling for the passenger and light truck business at Continental Tire the Americas, serves as the chairperson for the center's advisory board alongside other corporate partners with global and regional operations.