Although he’s now ensconced in academia, J. Paul Dittmann has no interest in ivory towers. Instead, the former Whirlpool Corp. supply chain VP prefers to stay grounded in the business arena, even as he becomes more involved in academic programs.
Dittmann’s real-world experience makes him ideally suited for his responsibilities in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As director of corporate partnerships, he oversees town-gown collaborations with businesses that want to improve their performance by conducting supply chain assessments. And as managing director of the department’s Integrated Value Chain Forums, he directs semiannual “think tank” events involving more than 50 companies. But Dittmann isn’t all about business; he also lectures on logistics and supply chain topics to undergraduate and grad students as well as to attendees of UT’s executive education programs.