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William J. DeWitt, III

Bill Dewitt

DTI Executive Director
Professor of the Practice of Transportation
University of Denver

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William J. (Bill) DeWitt, III, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Transportation Institute and a Professor of the Practice of Transportation at the University of Denver.  Prior to that he served as professor of transportation and logistics at the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy and was formerly associate dean and director of graduate studies. From 1999 to 2007 he held a University of Maryland, College Park appointment as Professor of the Practice, Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad from 1972 until 1995. DeWitt served seven years in the operating department, was director of strategic planning for BNRR and then planning analyst for BNI holding company. His marketing roles included vice president of marketing and sales, leading three different business units: Domestic Intermodal; Automotive and Machinery, and Forest Products. DeWitt served as faculty at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, served as academic director for an executive education program with Black & Decker, led MBA classes internationally to Chile and the Netherlands, taught in China, and served on the USDOT/TRB Roundtable on Freight Transportation and the NDTA Board of Directors. He was awarded the Robert H. Smith School of Business 2006 Krowe/Legg Mason Award for Teaching Excellence. He served as chair of the TRB Intermodal standing committee and as a member of the TRB transportation education committee, and co-authored the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) committee reports on "Policy Options for Intermodal Freight Transportation" and "Landside Access to U.S. Ports." DeWitt earned a doctorate in logistics and transportation with a minor in Geographic Information Systems, and an MBA in transportation and logistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine International Trade Center.