Dr. Donald Maier received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and completed 33 credit hours in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis (formally known as College of St. Francis) in 1989. He later earned his Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University in 1996 and the Executive Program in Logistics from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. Dr. Maier finished his Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in 2004 and earned the professional designation of Professional Logistician (P.Log.) from The Logistics Institute in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Maier was the 2009 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2009 Alumni Board Presidential Award. Dr. Maier was also promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure from the University of St. Francis in 2009. He joined Maine Maritime Academy’s Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics in January 2011 as Associate Professor. He is also overseeing the design and direction of executive education in the area of supply chain for MMA.
Having a diverse educational background has assisted Dr. Maier in achieving success in the corporate environment for nearly 15 years. During this time, he was a member of the logistics and supply chain management team at Federal Express, Office Depot, Penske Logistics, Monsanto, and Merisant, (previously a division of Monsanto). Dr. Maier was instrumental in the strategic design and leadership of the North American logistics operation, including all import and export operations. Furthermore, Dr. Maier managed the design and development of the Total Productive Manufacturing culture at Merisant. He gained six years of adjunct teaching in the field of management, while holding his leadership position and earning his Ph.D. Dr. Maier was also the Logistics Specialist for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Team through the Will County Health Department and a volunteer with the Will County Emergency Management Agency. He has also completed considerable training in emergency preparedness from the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Dr. Maier was a steering committee member of the Will County Transportation & Logistics Council through the Center for Economic Development, a board member for both the Gaylord Building Site Council and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Chicago Roundtable. He continues to research and consult in the areas of logistics, inland port operations, emergency preparedness, and sustainable development.
His desire is to teach students to think critically, analytically, and also with compassion. He is more interested in what students “think” than in what they “know.” Furthermore, he instills a global perspective in each subject. Dr. Maier and his wife Laura are raising two wonderful children.