Bauer Professor Enters Decision Sciences Institute’s Hall of Fame

Published on January 16, 2014

E. Powell Robinson Jr. Cited for Two Decades of Service to Scholarly Organization

Professor Powell Robinson is the recipient of the Decision Sciences Institute’s prestigious Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Powell Robinson is the recipient of the Decision Sciences Institute’s prestigious Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award.

E. Powell Robinson Jr. — a professor in the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at the C. T. Bauer College of Business — is the recipient of the Decision Sciences Institute’s prestigious Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award.

Named for the institute’s founder, the award recognizes Robinson’s contributions to the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) over a period of more than two decades. Since attending the DSI’s first doctoral symposium, as a young Ph.D. student in 1983, Robinson has played a variety of roles with the organization, including president.

He currently serves as interim executive director. The DSI board appointed him to the top administrative position shortly after the unexpected death of Executive Director Carol Latta in June.

As interim executive director, Robinson is charged with leading the 45-year-old institute, housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta, into its next phase of development. He says big changes are afoot.

As for his distinguished service award, announced at the Institute’s November annual meeting in Baltimore, he said, “I am very honored.”

“They entrusted me with the leadership of the institute, and they entrusted me with a lot of strategic decision-making,” the Bauer professor of supply chain management said in an interview. “So it’s just really nice to see it all come full cycle. It’s from my colleagues and my peers that I have worked with, and so to have them come back and say, ‘Hey, you have done an exceptional job,’ like I said, it’s quite an honor.”

According to the DSI website: “The Distinguished Service Award, named in honor and in memory of Dennis E. Grawoig, the Institute’s founder, first president, and first executive director, is awarded to a member who has provided major service to the Institute over a significant period of years.”

Robinson has been a key player in the DSI during a time of growth. The organization, a premier professional academic society in the field of decision sciences, counts approximately 2,000 members on six continents.

It holds conferences at the regional, national and international levels and publishes two academic journals (Decision Sciences and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education) and an online publication (Decision Line).

Along with Robinson, Bauer professor Funda Sahin is also a DSI leader. As 2013 program chair, Sahin organized the annual meeting in Baltimore. Together, they are putting Bauer College on the map as a leader in the decision sciences discipline.

But Robinson says he would have never achieved DSI Hall of Fame status without the support of Bauer Dean Latha Ramchand and his department chair, Everette S. Gardner Jr.

“Without their support, my contributions would not have been possible,” Robinson said. “I’m delighted to bring this recognition home to the Bauer College of Business.”

By Wendell Brock