Vital Signs, Professional Bio Sketch

Tony Polito

Dr. Polito earned a Ph.D. in Management from The Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia, with a concentration in the area of Operations Management. His dissertation topic, within the area of quality management, was "A Study Regarding the Organizational Climate Prescribed by the Philosophy of W. Edwards Deming." He also earned an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as double major in Mathematics and Statistics from Radford University.


Dr. Polito's professional/practitioner experience prior to entering academia includes:


           cost control, scheduling, and general administration for the Minerals and Mining Division of Kellogg, Brown & Root, (then a subsidiary of Halliburton),

           material control, data control and major component expediting for Volvo Trucks,

           Manager, Information Services and master scheduling for American Drew, a division of La-Z-Boy, and

           forecasting, master scheduling support and personal computer systems management for the Furniture Division of Singer Corporation.

Dr. Polito has been employed within higher education since 1992. His institutional affiliations during that time have included East Carolina University, The University of Georgia, University of Northern Iowa, Wake Forest University and Brenau University. He has directly instructed nearly 6,000 undergraduate or graduate students of management and has contributed intellectually in the form of 15 journal publications, 34 conference proceedings and 26 conference presentations.

During his time within academia, Dr. Polito's brief comments/thoughts on management, quality and improvement have seen ink within the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Wall Street Journal Marketwatch, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fortune magazine, SmartMoney magazine, Autocar magazine, the Detroit Free Press and USA Today.

Dr. Polito has also provided significant service to both academic discipline & institution, the latter including University-level committees such as Chair of Committee for Student Appeals for Policy Exception (e.g., suspensions, graduations), Chair or member of numerous Academic Integrity Hearings, member of Intellectual Property Committee as well as member of Committees charged with review of tenure denial & general faculty grievances.

Dr. Polito's current research interests include the Deming Theory of Management as well as lean management, quality management and process improvement. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of quality management & operations management.

Dr. Polito has been a long-time member of APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), ASQ (American Society for Quality) as well as MENSA (the International High IQ Society).