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Tabor College Alumnus will be Commencement Speaker in May

April 14, 2014

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Tabor College is pleased to announce that alumnus, Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, will be our commencement speaker. Graduation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 17 at the Joel H. Wiens Football Stadium in Hillsboro, Kan.

Dr. Goentzel attended Tabor College, with support from a Presidential Scholarship, and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics.

“Tabor faculty members inspired me to go deep in my field of mathematics, including a semester of study in Budapest, and challenged me in various subjects across the liberal arts curriculum,” Goentzel reflected. “It was a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research, which is so critical in humanitarian applications.”

Dr. Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, says he asked Dr. Goentzel to be the commencement speaker to send the students out with words from a very successful former graduate.

“Dr. Goentzel is a model of where a Tabor education can lead,” Glanzer said. “Managing a lab at MIT is a significant accomplishment. He is an example from whom our graduates can learn. His work brings together the practical and theoretical in ways that help benefit humanity. I am thrilled that he is able to come and speak at this year’s commencement.”

Dr. Goentzel is the founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Humanitarian Response Lab and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by United States Agency for International Development or USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology.

Since 2004, Dr. Goentzel has worked with humanitarian and international development organizations such as World Food Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, Partners In Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA and the Red Cross.

Dr. Goentzel has developed graduate-level courses in supply chain finance, international operations and humanitarian logistics and has extensive experience using simulation games to develop intuition and leadership skills. He has supervised over 40 theses and published articles in academic journals and trade publications.

He speaks regularly at both academic and industry conferences and has organized numerous events that mix these audiences.

Previously, Dr. Goentzel was executive director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Program, where he was responsible for design and management of the nine-month professional master’s degree program. He joined MIT in 2003 to establish the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain and develop novel education, research and outreach programs through the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program.

Dr. Goentzel also has extensive industry experience, leading supply chain consulting and product development teams in start-up ventures and large enterprise software companies.

He received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College, with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).

“I am fortunate to have found a profession – research and teaching about humanitarian operations – that aligns with my passion and faith,” Goentzel added. “I am excited to spend the day with the Tabor graduates and hear about the journeys they are planning.”