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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

Contact Information

Email:  Van_Gray@baylor.edu
Campus Phone:  (254) 710-8468
Fax:  (254) 710-1093
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place 98006
Waco, TX  76798

Responsibilities

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.

Consulting

  • 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)

Professional Memberships

  • 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

Biography

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.

Publications

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Within An Arm’s Reach of Learning: Using SMS-based Services to Educate at the Bottom of the Pyramid in Africa," Journal of Family and Community Ministries, (November 2013) (coauthors: Blaine McCormick).

"Using Marketing Audits as the Basis for Nonprofit Case Generation," (November 2011) (coauthors: Charles S. Madden, Richard Easley).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"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).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"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).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"An Introduction to Performance Excellence Through Process Synchronization," (October 2007).

Presentations and Proceedings

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