Bill Cooper currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for the University of California. Prior to joining UC, Bill was the Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Stanford University. In this role, he was responsible for managing the entire “P2P” process, including strategic sourcing, purchasing, contracts and payables.
Bill has also served as the Associate Vice President for Management Services and Chief Procurement Officer for the University of Missouri System. In that position, he oversaw Procurement, Facilities Planning and Development, Risk and Insurance Management, Real Estate Acquisition and Sales, Records Management, and Minority Business Development for the four Missouri campuses and the health system. He previously managed the procurement function at Cal Tech, and had a similar role at Cal State Northridge.
Bill has a valuable blend of experience in both the government and private sectors in addition to his higher education experience. Throughout his career, he 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.