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Get to Know the Faculty: Dr. John Mello


Dr. John Mello joined A-State in 2006 after spending nearly 30 years in the consumer packaged goods industry. He is the director of the Center for Supply Chain Management and co-author of an award winning marketing textbook.

Dr. John E. Mello

Dr. John E. Mello

Place of birth:
Westerly, RI.
Why did you choose A-State?
I liked the faculty and culture within the Management and Marketing department.
What makes a good professor?
Enthusiasm for the subject, willingness to stay current, and placing student learning above all else.
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
Dr. Peter K. Breit (political science), the University of Hartford. His deep understanding of the subject and his great enthusiasm for teaching.
What’s the value of a university education?
A better understanding of the world.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Put student learning above all else, every day.
If you could teach another field, which one and why?
History. I am very interested in knowing how things got to be the way they are.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
The value of collaboration within and between companies.
Before you retire I want to...
See that Supply Chain Management becomes a core business curriculum course.
What music is playing in your car?
Jazz, always.
What is your favorite podcast?
My favorite motion picture is...
Sense and Sensibility (the one with Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and Kate Winslet).
The television series I must TiVo...
Game of Thrones
The last book I read for fun was...
a Miss Marple mystery.
My favorite trip was...
to Italy with my wife and youngest daughter.
Four people I’d take to coffee...
Dianna Krall, President Obama, David McCullough, and my wife.
The best advice I ever received was...
that the older I got the smarter my father would get.
My hobby is...
shooting trap.
My pro sports team is...
the Denver Broncos.
My pet peeve is...
people who run red lights.
My favorite meal is...
my wife’s pot roast.
What I like about Jonesboro is...
getting to see the Red Wolves women’s basketball team.
Cats or dogs?
Beach or mountains?
Dinner or supper?
I wish I could...
not be afraid of heights.
Only my friends know I...
enjoy competitive shooting.