Florida Southern College has named Dr. Ridvan Gedik as the David P. and Constance W. Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. “The Florida Southern community remains extremely grateful to Constance Lyons and Scott and Jennifer Thornton for their significant contributions to establish this prestigious endowed professorship, which allowed us to recruit a nationally renowned professor in such an important and fast-growing field,” said Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College.
Prior to Dr. Gedik’s current position as associate professor of supply chain management at Florida Southern, he served at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he was responsible for building an analytics-oriented curriculum for a new Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management degree. He also has worked at both the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the Institute for Systems Engineering Research — a joint institution of Mississippi State University and the U.S. Army — in Vicksburg, Miss.
Dr. Gedik’s primary research interests include developing efficient, large-scale optimization solutions in the areas of supply chain management, military logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, and homeland security. “I am honored to have been named the David P. and Constance W. Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics,” Dr. Gedik said. “Thanks to this wonderful endowment — and the exceptional work of my talented colleagues in the Barnett School, who paved the way for an analytics-oriented curriculum in all programs — I will be developing new courses in the nexus of supply chain management, business analytics, and artificial intelligence.”