CN Rail Gift Supports COB

Special thanks to Canadian National (CN) Rail for its generous $50,000 gift to the GovState College of Business’ Supply Chain Management MBA program.

The gift, CN Rail's second to COB since 2012, will fund scholarships for Supply Chain Management online students and undergraduates studying the same subject. It will also support online course development, faculty development, and training.

The initial CN Rail gift was used to equip the video conference room which is used as a classroom for the COB program, and to fund eight $2,500 fellowships for Supply Chain Management students.

The CN conference room is also frequently used for various other teaching and administrative purposes across the university.

On Tuesday, the conference room was the backdrop for the gift presentation, which CN's Jim Kvedaras called “but one link in the educational chain.”

Kvedaras, also a COB alumnus and a member of the COB Dean’s Advisory Board, is director of CN’s North America Government Affairs.


Governors State University, CN Railroad Announce Partnership, Named Classroom and Fellowships for Supply Chain Management MBA Students

University Park, IL, November 9, 2012 - Governors State University announced a named classroom following the receipt of a substantial gift from CN Railroad. GovState officials received the first installment of the $100,000 gift at a ceremony at Governors State’s main campus in University Park.

CN’s gift will be used to equip a classroom for the university’s Supply Chain Management MBA program offered by the College of Business and Public Administration. Eight $2,500 fellowships for Supply Chain Management students will also be funded through the gift. CN’s support of the university will be noted on a plaque in the classroom.

Jim Kvedaras, CN’s Director of U.S. Government Affairs, said it was an “absolute pleasure” to assist GovState and its Supply Chain Management program. ”We need strong people to work for us,” he said. “It makes a great deal of sense to work with the university so that we’ll be able to hire qualified workers. We look upon this as an investment in our own future, and one that helps us develop future leaders in our industry.”

Kvedaras pointed out that he received his undergraduate degree from GovState and looks forward to helping students receive a quality education from the university.

CN is expanding rail operations throughout the Chicago area, and in a service region stretching from the Gulf of Mexico into Canada, Kvedaras said, adding that qualified Supply Chain Management workers are in constant demand. The railroad’s U.S. headquarters is located in south suburban Homewood.

Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, said she is excited about CN’s gift. “This is a very generous gift,” she said “It allows us to offer a state-of-the-art program that trains professionals in transportation and logistics.”

GovState’s Supply Chain Management MBA program is 100 percent online. CN’s gift will assist GovState in delivering essential knowledge to students about forecasting and supply chain optimization, materials management, sourcing and procurement, distribution and logistics, inventory and transportation management, and cutting-edge theories and practices. With a well-rounded curriculum and accessible full-time faculty, the program is designed so students can earn their MBA in 17 months.

Further information about GovState’s Supply Chain Management MBA program is available at or by contacting or (708)534-4391.

Companies or individuals interested in partnering with Governors State University can contact Will Davis, Interim Chief Development Officer, at or (708) 235-7494.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois.


Additional Information

MBA in Supply Chain Management

The Online MBA in Supply Chain Management was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and listed as #15 on the list of 20 Best Online Supply Chain Management programs.



CN Fellowships

Award: One at $2,500 ($1,500 for Spring and $1,000 for Fall, 2015)

Eligibility: Degree seeking student enrolled (or enrolling) in the Online MBA Program in Supply Chain Management at Governors State University

See the GSU Foundation website to request information.