Bill Cooper appointed associate vice president and chief purchasing officer

Bill Cooper
Bill Cooper

BILL COOPER, associate vice president for management services and chief procurement officer for the University of Missouri System, will join Stanford June 1 as associate vice president and chief purchasing officer. Cooper’s appointment has been announced by RANDY LIVINGSTON, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer. Cooper will be responsible for managing the entire purchasing to payable process, including sourcing, purchasing, contracts and payables functions.

At Missouri, Cooper oversees procurement, facilities planning and development, risk and insurance management, real estate acquisition and sales, records management and minority business development for the four system campuses and the health system. Prior to that, Cooper managed procurement at Caltech and had a similar role at Cal State Northridge.

Livingston says, “Bill has a unique blend of experience in both the government and private sectors in addition to his higher education experience. This experience will be valuable as we continue on our journey to a first-class purchasing and financial organization. Throughout his career, Bill has been a leader in implementing eProcurement systems, improving customer service and building strong purchasing staffs. In 2009, Bill was named the University of Missouri Systems’ Administrator of the Year, and he received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award sponsored by the National Purchasing Institute.”

Livingston also extended thanks to SAM STEINHARDT, who served as interim director of purchasing and contracts. Steinhardt will return full time to his position as executive director of business services in IT Services on June 1.