The Jack R. Meredith Endowed Faculty Scholar was established in 2021 by Jack R. Meredith, ’61, to support faculty in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
Jack Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering. After working in the aerospace industry for seven years – including on both the Apollo missions and Mars Viking missions – he went on to obtain an MBA and Ph.D. in Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and launched a career in academia. He served as a Professor of Management and the Broyhill Distinguished Scholar and Chair in Operations at the Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Among many other publications, he wrote twelve textbooks, of which three are still in use: “Operations Management for MBAs,” Seventh Edition; “Project Management in Practice,” Seventh Edition; and “Project Management: A Strategic Managerial Approach,” 11th Edition. He was a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Operations Management Research journal and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Operations Management, the top academic journal in his field. He was named to the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004.
Photo of retired professor and donor Jack Meredith teaching at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Taken in approximately 2000.