On April 15, the Telecommunications Systems Management National Advisory Board (NAB) came together for the annual meeting at Murray State University. At this meeting, it was announced that the recently endowed scholarship created by the NAB would be named to recognize former Center for TSM director and Murray State Distinguished Alumni, Dr. James Gantt.
The NAB provides the telecommunications systems management (TSM) program with ongoing expertise and support through their personal time, knowledge, relationships, and financial support. Over the last four years, members of the NAB have contributed funds in order to create an endowed scholarship for the TSM program. To recognize Dr. Gantt for his years of service to TSM, Murray State University, and the telecom industry, before his retirement this June, the NAB felt it was important to name the scholarship for him.
“Dr. Gantt has made significant contributions to the TSM program in his 11 years as Director for the Center for TSM,” said Lana Porter, a member of the NAB and driving force behind the endowment. “We wanted to honor him and show our gratitude for all that he has done for this University and this program, so we unanimously agreed that naming the NAB scholarship after Dr. Gantt was the right thing to do.”
Dr. Gantt attended Murray State University and received a Bachelor of Science with honors (Cum Laude) in 1971. In 1972, he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, majoring in Operations Research from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He completed his Ph.D in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989. In 2003 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Murray State University.
Before coming to Murray State University in 2005, Dr. Gantt held a variety of jobs with the U.S. Army, concluding his government service as the Deputy Director and Director of Army Research Lab’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.
In its 17-year history, Gantt served as the third Director for the Center for TSM. In his time as director, Gantt formed and recruited members to the National Advisory Board, developed countless relationships between TSM and industry, and was the recipient of more than 25 grants/contracts totaling more than $4.4 million for Murray State and TSM.