Christopher Rust is the Director of Purchasing at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic procurement initiatives. His duties also include contract management and negotiations, supply partner relationships, consortia liaison, and eProcurement administration.
Prior to joining Connecticut College in April 2017, he worked at Mount Holyoke College for 13 ½ years. He was responsible for setting and implementing the strategic procurement initiatives for the College, including eProcurement, purchasing card audit program, and ensuring compliance with the financial, contracting, and purchasing policies and procedures. He was the consortia liaison to E&I Cooperative Services, Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium, US Communities, and Sourcewell.
Christopher worked in the Library, Information, and Technology Services division at the College for 8 years as the Associate Director for Budget, Procurement & Planning prior to moving to Financial Services. He began his professional career as a Tax Officer with the IRS in Dublin, Ireland, and after emigrating to the U.S., he worked in the manufacturing industry for 20 years in a variety of positions including Accounts Payable Manager, Auditor, Operations Manager, and Purchasing Manager.
Christopher also served on the Board of Directors of NAEP New England and served as Co-Chairperson for the 2017 NAEP New England Annual Conference. In September 2017, Christopher was the Grand Marshall for the MHEC Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He enjoys playing the guitar and often sings at functions and charitable events. He regularly returns to his home in Dundalk, Ireland to visit with his family and friends. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Westfield State University and is a member of The Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.