Russell Chung named Chief Procurement Officer

September 6, 2018

Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher has announced the appointment of Russell "Russ" Chung as  UC Berkeley's new Chief Procurement Officer. Russ brings extensive experience in procurement, contract management, strategic sourcing, e-procurement, and purchasing team management in both corporate and higher education settings to his new position.

In his current role as Chief Procurement Officer at the City University of New York (CUNY), Russ oversees procurement activities serving more than a quarter million faculty, staff, and students on 24 campuses. Prior to leading procurement at CUNY, he served for five years as the Director of Purchasing for The Ohio State University in Columbus. His private sector experience includes global supply management for Kohler, Delphi, and General Motors corporations.

Procurement is of critical importance to Berkeley’s teaching and research enterprise and the University is fortunate to have Russ' experience and vision supporting its faculty, staff, and students. His insights with global supply chain logistics and higher education are a powerful combination that will enable Russ to add value to Berkeley's efforts. As part of his duties,  Russ will represent Berkeley on the UC-systemwide Procurement Leadership Council (PLC).

Russ is familiar with the UC system from a student perspective, having received his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. A native of Hawaii, he has lived in California, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Japan, and Thailand over the course of his career. Russ and his family will be moving from New York to Berkeley in September and beginning work on campus in early October.