FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lorie Strother
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HIRES KING AS BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Respected veteran and leadership professional tapped to support Supplier Diversity Initiative
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia’s Office of Procurement & Supplier Diversity Services announced the appointment of Jack King to the role of Business Operations Manager. King will support the University’s Supplier Diversity Initiative on the academic side which is tasked with increasing the University’s spend with small, women, and minority-owned businesses (SWaM) in all commodities excluding the areas of construction and professional services.
A respected veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF), King retired in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel serving as a USAF logistics officer with a variety of leadership experience spanning three decades and managerial skills learned across four continents. As the executive officer for a 620-person office, King integrated administrative management across 7 divisions as well as oversight of direct administrative functions supporting the execution of the program’s annual $2.3 billion budget. As a program manager he was responsible for cost, schedule, and performance of several USAF projects totaling $1B.
Since retirement King has used his skills to serve as leadership coach, author, activist and advocate. He is the founding director of the NorthFork Center for Servant Leadership and the Principal partner at Walnut Ridge Consulting, LLC (http://www.walnutridgeconsulting.com/). His latest book is entitled: One With the People: Everything You Need To Be the Leader They Need.
“The University of Virginia is pleased to welcome Jack King to Procurement & Supplier Diversity Services,” said Les Haughton, Director of Supplier Diversity. “I’m very excited to leverage Jack’s managerial skills that he attained during his extensive service to our country.”
Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services at the University of Virginia includes Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Supplier Diversity, and Surplus Property. The Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services Department’s mission is to support the purpose and goals of the University of Virginia — its educational, research, patient care, and public service missions — by purchasing and providing quality goods and services at the best value to the University, providing proper financial stewardship for payments, and offering responsive and responsible service to all University departments. For more information, and to view Publicly Accessible Cooperative Contracts, please visit http://www.procurement.virginia.edu/index.htm.