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Goldschein Family Creates Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management at Clarkson University

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In memory of Clarkson University alumnus Joel Goldschein and to honor his vision, his family, including wife Lynda and daughters Gail, Sharon and Terri, have created the Joel Goldschein ’57 Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management.

Joel and Lynda GoldscheinJoel Goldschein was a supply chain management visionary long before the term “supply chain” was coined and “global” added to the phrase.

In 1976, he formed the Atlas Door Corporation, an innovative company that supplied rolling steel and other specialty doors at a pace unknown in the industry.

To quote Goldschein, one of the “secrets” to their success was “to treat our suppliers as partners … and making them integral members of our team.”

This created a customer-supplier relationship that benefited both parties. Harvard Business Review was so impressed that they published the Atlas story in the July/August 1988 edition.

 “Joel received the Golden Knight Award in 2007, in part for his lifelong support of Clarkson,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “This chair is a natural extension of his philanthropy. It will help attract and retain the best global supply chain management faculty in the world, and it will also advance the scholarship in this important area of study and ensure that best practices are taught to Clarkson School of Business students.”

Joel Goldschein graduated from Clarkson in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He met Lynda, a teacher and University of Michigan graduate, in 1961. They married in 1962 and raised three daughters.

In 1966, Goldschein joined North American Door and soon acquired an ownership interest in the company. In 1972, North American Door was sold. He and his business partner purchased Atlas Steel Products Inc. of Jersey City, N.J., eventually building the firm into an international rolling steel door manufacturing company and changing its name to Atlas Door Corporation.

In 1986, Atlas Door was sold to Masco Corporation, but Joel Goldschein remained president until he retired in 1989. He passed away in 2007.

Clarkson’s global supply chain management program has received national recognition and is ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Employers actively seek to hire its graduates. The faculty member awarded the chair will serve as the lead scholar for the program.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: In memory of Clarkson University alumnus Joel Goldschein ’57, his family, including wife Lynda and daughters Gail, Sharon and Terri, have created the Joel Goldschein ’57 Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management. Pictured above: Joel and Lynda Goldschein.

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