N.C. Wesleyan College has a hired a new professor to help teach in its new logistics program.

Melanie Townsend recently was hired as full-time visiting professor for the new Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management program. The program was introduced on the Rocky Mount campus and online this fall.

Townsend most recently served as the grant writer/principal investigator for Nash Community College. She resigned from that position in August.

Townsend holds a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development, a master’s degree in operations management and a doctorate degree in human services and nonprofit management, according to a press release from the college.

“Townsend brings to Wesleyan a wealth of logistics experience, working with FedEx, Randstad, Dupre’ Logistics and KM Logistics. She also has experience with Six Sigma Project Management, grant writing and fundraising,” Crystal Hill, director of marketing and communication for the college, said in the press release.

Townsend’s husband, Daniel, works as the machining director at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant.

N.C Wesleyan interim President Evan Duff said the new logistics degree will help meet a need in the community.

“The Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree will meet the needs of many organizations who rely on skilled professionals to serve their logistical needs. Dispatchers, warehouse managers, inventory specialists, supply chain analysts, operation managers and transportation supervisors are just a few of the careers that require this degree. Every industry requires logistics professionals and our program will prepare individuals for these jobs,” Duff said in the release.

Duff also noted that the degree aligns with Edgecombe and Nash community colleges’ related programs so that graduates from these institutions can easily apply their associate degree to the bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan College.

For more information about the new Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, contact the Office of Admissions at the college at 252-985-5200.