Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management

    H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management


    As one of the earliest endowed transportation programs in the nation, the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management's mission is to enhance the University’s position as a nationally recognized leader in supply chain management education and research. In pursuit of this mission, we seek to foster a close community of students, faculty, staff and practitioners focused on advancing the state of knowledge, engaging the mind and stimulating the best effort of all. In 2019, the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management celebrated its 100th year.


    The Franklin Center and its advisory board oversee the annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Program.

    Our Guiding Principles

    For students: Provide a challenging and enjoyable environment in which to learn, do and grow. Mentor, place and maintain relationships with them.

    For alumni: Provide ongoing career advice and opportunities for networking.

    For practitioners: Provide services and products to meet your needs, such as internships/co-ops, talented employees, and opportunities to share your experiences with our students and executive education.

    For more information on our H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, please contact - 

    Gary LaPoint, co-director 
    Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Practice 
    (315) 443-3331

    Julie Niederhoff - Co-Director 
    Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
    (315) 443-3399

    Supply Chain Projects

    The faculty and students of Whitman's renowned supply chain program assist companies and organizations from around the world with various supply chain projects. 

    Staples Grant and Projects

    Whitman received a grant from Staples to conduct two different projects. Under this grant, Whitman students and faculty conducted a data-intensive inventory analysis to maximize operational excellence at Staples fulfillment centers. In addition, the team built a new capacity decision model that considered various disruption risks. 

    Crouse Hospital

    Each year, more than 1.2 million people are admitted to U.S. hospitals with chronic respiratory illnesses. Their treatment often includes inhaled medications administered three to four times per day by respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) assigned to the patient care unit.  However, due to common medication schedules and lengthy administration times, most hospitals struggle to administer those medications on time.  Whitman faculty and partners addressed the tardiness problem at Crouse Hospital by staggering the scheduled administration times and consolidating the unit-based RCPs into a “swarm” that travels together from care unit to care unit administering inhaled medications.

    Since a RCP visits each of the hospital’s care units every day, chronic respiratory patients can be paired with the same RCP whenever they are re-admitted to the hospital. These primary care relationships help enhance the effectiveness of patient education, enable more consistent, comprehensive patient assessments, and support evidence-based care for those patients.  Eighteen months after implementing this chronic care treatment strategy, one 350-bed hospital realized a 24% decrease in the 30-day COPD readmissions rate and a 90% reduction in tardy administration of inhaled medications.

    This project was a semi-finalist for the INFORMS 2016 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences.


    Whitman faculty and staff brought together four high-achieving students: Brian Becker, a second-year J.D./MBA, Sandra Carruitero ’16, Kelley Long ’15, and Isaac Signorelli ’15. Students made strategic operational recommendations to improve the struggling University-owned Minnowbrook Conference Center. 


    New York State Maple Producers Association

    While most consumers associate maple syrup with the state of Vermont, New York produces a significant amount, predicted to be larger than that of its neighboring state. For this project, Whitman School supply chain students and faculty determined how to penetrate high-end retail chains by educating consumers about the local and natural production of high-quality maple syrup obtained in the state of New York, as well as how to expand markets internationally. 



    The Craftistas firm sells do-it-yourself craft kits through a subscription system. During the project, Whitman School participants identified the best point at which to switch to a large-scale distribution facility, determined the best way to source ingredients for kits, and explored whether similar subscription kits can be provided in international markets (e.g., South East Asia).


    Franklin Advisory Board


    The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management is served by the Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board.


    Jeff Abeson - Vice President Business Development, Ryder Supply Chain Solution

    David Aquino '93 - CEO and Founder, Certain Supply

    Steven Becker '73 - Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits LLC

    Chantel Campbell-Goutcher '94 - General Manager, CSX Transportation

    Robert D'Avanzo '88 - Lecturer, Rider University Global Supply Chain Program (retired), Senior Partner, Accenture (retired)

    Carrie Eubanks '03, '08 MBA - Executive Sr. Director of Supply Chain, Space & Airborne Systems

    Jorie Fox - Senior Manager of Supply Chain Integration , True Value Company

    Rick Graham, MBA, CMA - President, Brookville Equipment Corporation

    Patrick Hackett '84 - Director, International Supply Chain, Bed Bath and Beyond

    Anthony Ilacqua '87 MBA - Mgr, Safety Program Delivery,

    Nancy Jenkins-Kennedy '77 - Director of Worldwide Parts Operations (retired), IBM

    Ronald Leibman '83 MBA - Partner, McCarter & English, LLP

    John Levine - Chairman and CEO, Pinsly Railroad Company

    Charles McCausland ’57 (A&S) - Lt. General (retired), Director

    Matthew Menner '94 MBA - Senior Vice President , Transplace

    Tom Nightingale '95 MBA - CEO AFS, President & CEO of International Package Shipping

    John O’Sullivan '81 - Chief Financial Officer, Mohawk Global Logistics

    Nicholas Pinchuk - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Snap-on Inc.

    Jason Seidl '93 - Cowen & Company,

    Steve Sezna 88' (MBA) - CEO, CaseStack

    John Springer '79 - Vice President of Supply Chain (Retired), Nike

    Paul Svindland '93 - CEO, STG Logistics

    Danielle Willmott '15 - Senior Manager for Contract Reporting & Analytics, Johnson & Johnson (Medical Device Sector)

    Richard Zarski '76 - Executive Vice President, Fujitsu