Kevin Joyce | Towson University

Kevin Joyce was already a star on the job before he enrolled at Towson University.

Working as a logistics management specialist at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the New Jersey
native gained recognition in 2012 for saving the U.S. Army millions of dollars by
designing new procedures for resetting and cleaning laptops upon their return from
overseas deployments. Shifting accountability from external contractors to the soldiers
using the equipment resulted in a process that is more efficient and cost effective.

But that success didn’t stop Joyce from diving straight into Towson’s graduate program
in supply chain management.

“I believe it’s important to expand your current horizons to continue to grow professionally,”
says Joyce, who completed the master’s program in 2015.

Actually, Joyce wishes he had started coursework at Towson before he took on the Army’s
laptop troubles.

“If I had to do that project over again, it would probably have taken me a lot less
time using the tools I learned in my business process management class,” he says.

Since graduating, though, Joyce (now a systems acquisitions manager) has had plenty
of opportunities to apply classroom learning to challenges he faces at work. Like
when he uses analytic tools from his logistics and distributions course to develop
cost estimates.

“It really makes you look at problems in a different way and think about them more

In the final analysis, concludes the logistician, who can’t help turning that critical
lens back on his own life and choices, “Towson provided a tremendous actual value.”

It’s important to expand your current horizons to continue to grow professionally.

Kevin Joyce

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