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Supply Management Legend Fearon Receives Inaugural Hoagland Award

FOR RELEASE: June 2, 2010

(Tempe, AZ) June 2, 2010 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), with the support of the ISM Educational Resources Committee, has awarded the John H. Hoagland Award for Distinguished Service to Harold E. Fearon, Ph.D., C.P.M. Fearon was recognized during the 2010 North American Research and Teaching Symposium held this past March in Tempe, Arizona.

Inaugural honoree Harold "Hal" Fearon is a pioneer scholar, educator and author. He is professor emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU), having joined the ASU faculty in 1961 as assistant professor of management, following five years on the Michigan State University faculty. Fearon started ASU's Purchasing, Transportation, Operations Department (now the Supply Chain Management Department) and served as its first chair. In 1986, he initiated the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (now CAPS Research), a joint effort of ISM and ASU, and served as its first director for 10 years.

Fearon was an active faculty member at ASU for 28 years and retired in 1989. In 1994, he was honored with the establishment of the Harold E. Fearon Endowed Professor of Purchasing Chair, under the Eminent Scholars Program at ASU, with an endowment of more than US$2 million. Fearon began the Journal of Purchasing in 1965 as its first editor. ISM continues to publish the Journal, now the Journal of Supply Chain Management. Fearon is a 1992 J. Shipman Gold Medal recipient.

The John H. Hoagland Award for Distinguished Service is named for John H. Hoagland, Ph.D., C.P.M., professor emeritus at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business. Hoagland taught from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to education and research in supply management for undergraduate, graduate and executive students. His legacy to purchasing and the supply management profession includes contributions to business and economic research, notably the advancement of ISM's Business Survey Committee by improving its monthly statistical reports. His methodology has now been adopted worldwide. Hoagland is a 1989 J. Shipman Gold Medal recipient plus a Garner-Thèmoin Award recipient from the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (now the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management).

In 2004, Michigan State University announced a US$2 million Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Chair in Purchasing and Supply Management at the Eli Broad College of Business. The endowment was raised through the efforts of Richard J. Metzler, ISM, CAPS Research, and many other individuals and companies.

Doctors Fearon and Hoagland share several milestone "firsts". In 2010, Dr. Fearon is the first Hoagland Award recipient, and 50 years earlier, he was Dr. Hoagland's first doctoral student at Michigan State University. Hoagland served as dissertation chair for the doctoral thesis titled Purchasing Research in American Business, which Fearon submitted in 1961 for his Ph.D. degree.

The John H. Hoagland Award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of supply management through research, teaching and service. It will not be conferred annually, but will be presented to individuals whose lifetime achievement and contribution to the field deserves special recognition. ISM's Educational Resource Committee leadership will solicit nominations and administer the selection process. For more information and selection criteria, contact ISM Education Resource Committee Adviser Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., CPSM, C.P.M. at

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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