Rutgers University has appointed Lei Lei, a supply chain management expert, as dean of Rutgers Business School effective January 1, replacing Glenn Shafer, who has led the school since 2011.

Lei was the founding director of the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management in 2001 and established the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences in 2008 as founding chair.

She is recognized internationally as an expert in operations scheduling, project resource allocation models, logistics performance optimization, and distribution network design.

Lei has been a faculty member at Rutgers since receiving her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1989. She served as an associate editor for academic journals such as IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, was a co-guest editor for Annals of Operations Research three times, and received the Meritorious Service Award from the Editorial Board of Operations Research in 1997.

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