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Smith named director of purchasing

After serving the University in an assistant director's role since 2001, Judy Smith was named director of procurement, logistics and business services July 18.

Smith oversees all purchases valued at more than $5,000. She also directs Michigan Business Services, which includes Printing Services, copy centers and Mail Services.

Smith joined the University in 2000 under purchasing, stores and auxiliary services. After working as a project manager/internal consultant for the U-M Hospital supply chain, she was promoted to assistant director of purchasing with responsibility for the strategic supplier program and eProcurement.

The strategic supplier program saves U-M more than $7.5 million annually, she says.

In 2003, she helped implement M-marketsite, an online catalog ordering system that allows faculty and staff to place orders from 26 contracted suppliers utilizing shortcodes.

"I hope we can move into more of a strategic sourcing philosophy," Smith says. "We also are trying to infuse more technology into purchasing to help departments on campus access our contracts and vendors."

Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in employee relations/psychology from Michigan State University in 1992. She received a master's of health care administration degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1993.

She worked in procurement and logistics for the U.S. Navy from 1993-96, in pharmaceutical sales from 1996-97, and as a supply-chain consultant with Ernst and Young, LLP from 1997-2000.

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