Voorhees History

Voorhees History 2017-05-11T13:58:15+00:00

In Honor of Professor Emeritus R. Dale Voorhees

The Voorhees Supply Chain Conference was established by alumni and friends of Iowa State University to honor the career of Professor Emeritus R. Dale Voorhees. Professor Voorhees passed away on May 24, 2009.

Professor Voorhees was an Iowa State teacher and researcher for twenty years.  His research results were published in the leading transportation and logistics journals.  As a teacher, Voorhees displayed an uncommon talent for integrating theory with practice.  Industry practitioners were frequent visitors to his class, sharing their experiences, knowledge, and insights with his students.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State, Voorhees served six years in logistics systems management on the staff of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and previous to that that was in other key managerial positions in the Department of Defense and the Air Force.  He served thirty years in the U.S. Air Force and held the rank of Colonel (retired).

The Voorhees Business Conference began as a supply chain executive-in-residence program, with distinguished leaders in the supply chain field visiting the College of Business to interact with students, faculty, and making a presentation to the university community. For its tenth anniversary in 2002, the program was expanded to a full conference.