Kathryne A. Newton, MBA, Ph.D.

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Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University

Dr. Kathy Newton is a Professor, Supply Chain and Sales Engineering Technology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. She is also an accomplished speaker, consultant, and author of a variety of topics including human resource development, distributor profitability, channel management, strategic planning, innovation, sales and sales management, and quality control. She frequently works with distributors, manufacturers, and trade associations internationally and is widely published in academic and distribution trade journals. She also has served as Advisor for the University of Innovative Distribution Executive Management Conference since 1995 and has been a popular speaker for the program for over 20 years.  UID is the premier international executive education program for the distribution industry.

Dr. Newton has a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, an MBA, and a B.S. in Industrial Distribution, each from Texas A&M University.  Kathy started her teaching career in the ID Program at Texas A&M in 1984 and from there moved to Purdue to build a new ID Program.  She also served as the Excellence 21 Coordinator in the Provost’s Office for 6 years and as Head of the Industrial Technology Department from 2007-2010.  She has been an Associate Dean for the Polytechnic since 2015.