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VCU and Fort Lee join forces to create graduate program

Virginia Commonwealth University and the Army Logistics University, Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), at Fort Lee have finalized an agreement to develop a new Master of Supply Chain Management program emphasizing innovation, critical thinking and logistics management.

The degree agreement will be formally approved on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in Snead Hall, 301 W. Main St., Room B3189. VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., and MG Larry D. Wyche, Commanding General of the Combined Arms Support Command, will sign the Memorandum of Understanding agreement.

The 12-month Master of Supply Chain Management program, slated to begin in fall 2014 in the VCU School of Business, places special emphasis on innovation and creative thinking and the use and application of SAP enterprise software. Students will learn how to manage the complexities of global supply chains by using applied research programs, analyzing real-world problems and working with local firms and government agencies. The program will draw students from the corporate sector as well from the military, providing both the unique opportunity to learn from each other.

The program still requires approval from the VCU Board of Visitors and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

CASCOM, a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is responsible for training more than 185,000 students annually through more than 540 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and the Army Logistics University. The mission for the command is to train, educate and grow the sustainment community as well as develop and integrate innovative Army and joint sustainment capabilities, concepts and doctrine to enable Unified Land Operations.