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Harvey Donaldson joined the Georgia Tech general faculty in 1998. From 1998 to 2010, he served as Managing Director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL). Mr. Donaldson also served as Associate Chair for International and Industry Programs for the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering from 2006 to 2010. During this period, the Stewart School had active education and research partnerships in China, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Panama, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
After stepping down from both positions in 2010, Mr. Donaldson spend his last two years at Georgia Tech leading the development and startup of a new M.S. degree program in supply chain engineering. This initiative included curriculum design, student recruitment, industry sponsorship recruitment and degree approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Mr. Donaldson spent 16 years with the United States Postal Service. At Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C., he served in a variety of executive positions including Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Operations Support, Director of Operations Research and Technology Planning, and General Manager of Postal Distribution Networks. In 1986, he served on the transition team for incoming Postmaster General Albert Casey and received an executive achievement award for his work in restructuring the Postal Service’s technology acquisition strategy.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Donaldson was a consultant at Computer Sciences Corporations and an engineer at International Paper Company. He earned a master's degree in management from the MIT Sloan School where he was a Sloan Fellow in 1986-87. He also received a bachelor’s and a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama in 1966 and 1967, respectively.
From 1988-92 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Capstone Engineering Society at the University of Alabama; in 1989, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the University of Alabama.
Still professionally active after leaving Georgia Tech, Mr. Donaldson currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Scientific Logistics Inc. and the Board of Trustees (vice chair) of the Andalusia High School Scholarship Foundation. As a consultant to the Postal Service from 2012 -18, he was an expert witness in a delivery work standards labor arbitration case and participated in the subsequent development of a new performance management system for last-mile delivery operations.
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