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Stanford appoints new director of procurement

STANFORD -- Susan Webert, director of purchasing and stores at the University of Washington since 1980, has been appointed Stanford University's new director of procurement, Chief Financial Officer Peter Van Etten has announced.

The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

At Stanford, Webert will oversee a department that has 82 employees and acquires $250 million of goods and services annually for the university, and a stores unit with annual internal sales of $15 million.

Webert will report to Kemel W. Dawkins, associate vice president for facilities management, who began his new position on April 15.

Webert has been in the procurement business since 1960.

She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1982, and is a graduate of the Management Program, through the University of Washington's Graduate School of Business.

From 1960-1967, Webert was a buyer assistant in purchasing and stores at Washington. She was promoted to buyer in 1967, then she became a buyer supervisor in 1972, and the assistant director of purchasing in 1976.

In that position, Webert supervised a staff of 80, operating a wide range of accounts. She directed the department's involvement in the development of an automated and fully integrated Purchasing/Accounts Payable system.

In 1980, Webert became the director of purchasing and stores, managing a staff of 70 who acquire nearly $300 million worth of goods and services, and a stores staff of 50 who manage internal sales of $15 million annually.

At the University of Washington, Webert provides purchasing and contract services, supporting the university's facilities management construction, and also collaborative research subcontracting under externally funded grants and contracts. She directs the institution's minority and women-owned business program, monitoring compliance with federal government subcontracting guidelines. She also provides for the sale and disposal of surplus properties.

Webert has extensive experience with national and local associations. She has been a member of the National Association of Purchasing Management since 1972, and a member of the National Government Relations Advisory Council since 1989. A member since 1980, she has been on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Education Buyers since 1991.

At Stanford, Webert will negotiate contracts, supply the university, and organize improvement programs. As seen by Stanford officials, her priorities are to satisfy clients, create cost-saving opportunities, and develop her staff.

Webert succeeds James Gallaher, appointed in 1985, who retired in March. Suzanne Tamiesie is serving as acting director.


This story was written by Elizabeth Bacon, a news writing intern with the Stanford News Service.


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