Faculty

Message from the Faculty Director

Virtually every organization has a supply chain of some type. While some supply chains are loose-knit streams of work that cover indirect products or services, other supply chains are sophisticated, well-connected structures that dominate those organizations’ business strategies. There is growing recognition that effective supply chain management can greatly increase business performance, which is why your decision to pursue a master’s degree in this field is so timely.

Our program’s mission is to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to build and manage fully integrated, global supply chains that drive better business performance. Our applied curriculum is centered on real-world examples taught by individuals who have both technical knowledge and practical industry experience.

In addition to the emphasis areas of Planning, Strategic Sourcing, and Logistics & Fulfillment Management, we focus on building leadership and relationship management skills, which are a core thread in every successful supply chain. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be well prepared to take on broader and more strategic roles within your organization.

I’d like to personally welcome you to the Master’s in Supply Chain Management at Georgetown University!

Linda Dunn
Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of the Practice, Supply Chain Management


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Linda Dunn
Faculty Director

Linda Dunn, MBA, is the faculty director and assistant professor of the practice for the Master’s in Supply Chain Management at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

Dunn’s focus area is on developing agile supply chains that are highly interconnected with partners and integrated within an organization.

Before joining Georgetown University SCS, Dunn served as VP Supply Chain & Quality Assurance for HMSHost, a global leader in creating dining for travel venues. In her role at HMSHost, she oversaw North American supply chain and quality assurance functions including Procurement, Distribution, Category Management, Supplier and Operations Food Safety, and Supplier Relationship Management. Other prior experiences at HMSHost spanned the areas of Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Process Analysis, and Revenue Optimization. Dunn has played a strong role in sustainability efforts and previously served on the inaugural National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council. Prior tenures before HMSHost included roles in the telecommunications and banking sectors.

Dunn earned her MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and obtained her BBA from James Madison University, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Finance and English.


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Justin Goldston
Subject Matter Expert and Faculty

Dr. Justin Goldston, CSCP, CTL, PLS, LSSBB, CSM is a Certified Management Consultant with over 20 years of experience working with organizations around the world on business performance improvement, organizational change, and enterprise-wide digital transformation initiatives.

Dr. Goldston has held various leadership roles at consulting organizations, assisting companies such as Intel, Siemens, and Blue Buffalo on creating a competitive advantage through supply chain design and enterprise applications. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on leadership, supply chain management, innovative technologies, and of Critical Success Factors in ERP Implementations as well as a five-time TEDx speaker where he discussed emerging technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Goldston, a seasoned educator, has led the development of a Supply Chain Management program and has evaluated graduate programs for the Department of Higher Education while serving on the Advisory Board at a number of higher education institutions. Dr. Goldston holds certifications in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Agile, and Blockchain.

Dr. Goldston has a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change and an M.Phil in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University, a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University, and a Bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management from North Carolina A&T State University.


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James Jacobe
Subject Matter Expert and Faculty

Mr. James Jacobe, MBA, CEL is currently a principal at the consulting firm, Vandive Solutions LLC where he focuses on operational and supply chain consulting.

Mr. Jacobe’s wide-ranging business experience combines accomplished leadership with extensive expertise. Mr. Jacobe has held numerous leadership positions in Operations and Supply Chain including those of COO, SVP/VP Operations and VP Supply Chain. His breadth of experience across multiple business sectors including Consumer Goods, Technology, Personal Services, Retail Direct-to-Consumer and Construction provides him a unique perspective on business strategies, processes and procedures. Mr. Jacobe enjoys applying his unique People, Process and Systems methodology to serve as a thought leader and change agent in a sometimes-stagnant business world. He thrives on complex challenges and enjoys tackling a wide variety of issues related to Supply Chain/Logistics, Operations, Technology, Quality, and Asset Protection.

Mr. Jacobe was the recipient of the Smart CEO’s 2014 COO Executive Management Award for his work as Chief Operations Officer of America’s Remote Help Desk. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and is a Certified Executive Leader (CEL).

Mr. Jacobe completed his MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and his Bachelor of Science in Management from National Lewis University. Hobbies include reading business books, scuba diving, golf, and exercising.


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Gurpreet Singh
Subject Matter Expert and Faculty

Dr. Gurpreet Singh, Ph.D., ASQ-MBB, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M. is an international award-winning educator, thought leader, consultant, entrepreneur, author, and coach.

Dr. Singh is the founder and head of consulting firm Strategic Supply Chain & Six Sigma Consulting LLC (www.sscsquare.com). In this role, Dr. Singh serves as a subject matter expert on various functions within Supply Chain Management and provides consulting services, coaching and training in the field of Supply Chain Management, Operational Excellence, Business Planning, Lean Six Sigma methodologies, Procurement, Change Management, and Organizational redesign.

Dr. Singh has many distinguished certifications and awards. He is a designated Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), and a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD). As an experienced educator, he was honored with the “ISM Education Person of the Year Award” in 2009. He is the recipient of “ASQ Armand Feigenbaum Medal” for 2015, this is an international award administered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Further, Dr. Singh is an ASQ Certified Master Black Belt designated by ASQ, a distinction held by less than 120 people around the globe.

Dr. Singh completed his Ph.D. from Rutgers Business School with an emphasis on Supply Chain Management and Lean Six Sigma. Prior to that, he has an MBA from Rutgers Business School with a dual concentration in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Management.


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Stephen Spulick
Subject Matter Expert and Faculty

Dr. Stephen R. Spulick is currently the Vice President of Supply Chain Management for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) where he leads Metro’s Supply Chain and their Supply Chain Transformation program.
 
Dr. Spulick brings over 15 years of practical and academic experience in both military and civilian contexts. He recently retired from the US Army’s Medical Service Corps where he worked in the field of Medical Logistics. His previous military experience includes time in the Military Intelligence Branch as an analyst and linguist and in the Field Artillery Branch in Korea and Germany. His military logistics experience also includes a Naval deployment in the Mediterranean, two Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments and three years in command of a Medical Logistics Company, to include roles as a liaison to the main ground transportation Command and as the Commander of a Medical Supply Warehouse serving customers throughout Iraq. 

In addition to his government and industry experience in supply chain, Dr. Spulick has taught a variety of courses in Green Logistics, Government Contracting, Healthcare Supply Chain Management and Global Supply Chain Management at a number of Universities. He particularly enjoys curriculum development and recently updated the unique Medical Logistics Internship Program for the Army Medical Service Corps at Fort Detrick in addition to his work here at Georgetown University.

Dr. Spulick received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University, his MBA from the University of Phoenix and his Ph.D. in Logistics/ Supply Chain Management from Georgia Southern University.

On a personal note, he has four children and lives just outside Washington, D.C.


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Rita Wells
Subject Matter Expert and Faculty

Rita Lappin Wells, Ph.D. has an extensive supply management background in both the private and public sectors. As an executive for a Fortune 500 corporation, Dr. Wells provided leadership for global subcontracting, purchasing, pricing, audit, and material management. As an industry executive, she also provided technical assistance to government organizations on international contracting, construction management, and financial assistance.

As a senior executive with the U.S. government, Dr. Wells managed multi-billion dollar programs while serving as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy and an Associate Administrator at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She also has served in a variety of Department of Defense organizations in the United States and Japan as a contracting officer and cost/price analyst.

Dr. Wells is the recipient of many awards including both the Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Rank awards that are awarded to less than one percent of government senior executives. She is a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and earned a professional certification as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM). 

Dr. Wells is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Contract Management and a member of the NCMA Board of Advisors. An experienced educator, Dr. Wells was a faculty member at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as other institutions.  Additionally, she is a member of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department serving as Treasurer.

Dr. Wells earned a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, an MBA from Southern Illinois University with a concentration in finance, and a BA from the University of Illinois.