Director of Purchasing: Ralph Maier
Business Services Division announced that Ralph Maier has been promoted to director of Purchasing Services. Mr. Maier, who served as the department’s assistant director since 1990, will now lead all internal and external business processes to facilitate Penn’s almost $700 million in annual purchases.
Mr. Maier joined Penn and Purchasing Services in 1983. During his tenure, he helped revamp the department’s operating systems and technology by implementing the Oracle purchasing system and the Penn Marketplace. He also played a lead role in developing Penn’s supplier diversity and West Philadelphia business development programs.
“Ralph’s efforts have already had a great impact on the University. In addition to saving Penn millions of dollars, he has helped position us as a higher-ed leader in the purchasing arena,” said Lee Nunery, vice president of Business Services. “In his new role, he will work to strengthen partnerships locally and nationally that will lead to further efficiencies, and also help us continue to serve as a resource to Philadelphia businesses.”
In addition to his work at Penn, Mr. Maier is the chair of the cooperative purchasing committee of the National Association of Educational Buyers (NAEB) and a member of the national strategic sourcing committee of the Educational & Institution Cooperative Service (E&I).
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 17, January 18, 2005
January 18, 2005
Volume 51 Number 17