Van Gray, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Center for Non-Profit Studies - Center for Non-Profit Studies
Director of Strategic Planning and Accreditation - Office of the Dean
Assistant Dean Strategic Planning - Management & Entrepreneurship
One Bear Place 98006
Waco, TX 76798
Assist the Director of the Center with all activities of the center.
Responsible for HSB strategic planning process and documentation, and for coordinating the HSB AACSB maintenance of accreditiation process.
Management, Various manufacturing and service organizations (January 01, 1980 - December 2011)
Licensures and Certifications
SAP ERPsim Level 2 Certification, SAP and HEC Montreal, CN (January 3, 2013 - January 6, 2013)
American Council of Education
National Association for College and University Business Officers
Secretary - two-year term ending July 2005, National Consortium on Continuous Improvement in Higher Education
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Van D. Gray is currently Professor of Management, Director of Strategic Planning and Accreditation and Associate Director for the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1986, after teaching Operations Management and Computer Science for 7 years in the MBA program at the University of Missouri - Columbia. His research and consulting interests include the management of quality programs, Just-in-Time production systems, the application of simulation modeling to productive systems, and strategic and tactical applications of Constraint Theory. He is a former Academic Associate of the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute of New Haven, Connecticut, and was the Goldratt Institutes’ first Academic Certified Information Systems Associate.
Dr. Gray has been involved in several microcomputer software and hardware development firms, and was the founder and President of STF Technologies, Inc. the developer of the first Facsimile Modem for the Apple Macintosh™ computer. Currently Van is the developer of the TMG Simulator, an educational aid to understanding Constraint Theory as it applies to Logistical Systems.
An active consultant in the field of manufacturing planning and control to numerous organizations, Van has provided education and assistance to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 firms. His consulting activities have included organizations within the Aerospace, Electronics, Food Processing, Printing, Information Services, Textile, Heavy Manufacturing, Microcomputer, Paper, Machinery, Medical and Telecommunications industries including Lucent Technologies, NEC America, Experion (formerly Metromail), R.R. Donnelly and Sons, Bourns International, WABCO (Westinghouse Air Brake Company), the American Heart Association, Kendall Medical Products, CONCO Medical Products, Amspak, Prouvst, and Sonoco Products. In addition, Van has aided numerous small and medium sized manufacturing firms, service, and state and federal government organizations in improving their processes. Dr. Gray has considerable experience in implementing automated and manual MRP/MRP II, JIT, TQM, and Constraint Theory (Drum-Buffer-Rope) principles in both Job-Shop and Continuous-Flow environments.
In 1994, Van was the recipient of a Baylor University Distinguished Professor award for his service in the areas of research and teaching. His current research interests are the impact of modified finite loading and complementary buffer technique algorithms on schedule performance, and the development of goal congruent integrated performance measures.
"Using Marketing Audits as the Basis for Nonprofit Case Generation," (November 2011) (coauthors: Charles S. Madden, Richard Easley).
"Academic Journal Editor Perspectives on the Replicability of Research in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences," Journal of Business Research
, (November 2009) (coauthors: Richard Easley, Charles S. Madden).
Contributions to Practice
"An Introduction to Performance Excellence Through Process Synchronization," (October 2007).
Learning and Pedagogical Research
"Message in a Bottle: Teaching Basic Business Lessons Using Only a Bottle of Coke," Journal of Management Education
, (March 2011) (coauthors: Blaine McCormick).
"Podcast w/ JME Editors for "Message in a Bottle" article," (December 2010) (coauthors: Blaine McCormick).
Presentations and Proceedings
Contributions to Practice
Six best practices were identified and discussed based on Lean manufacturing initiatives withint the collision repair industry.