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Announcing the New NAEP Executive Director!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments)

 After an extensive nationwide search, that included a diverse pool of candidates, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Krista Ferrell, CPPO, CPPB, has been selected as the Executive Director of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). Her new role begins on October 22.

The Board of Directors,
working with multiple constituencies including members, stakeholders, business partners and staff, is confident that Krista’s background is a perfect fit for the work needed to strengthen and expand NAEP’s programs and member services. She brings the experience and ability to lead the transformations that will enhance NAEP’s value and accelerate its growth.

Working as the Director of Strategic Programs and Deputy Director of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) from 2014 to 2017 through AMR Management Services, Inc., Krista brings a strong subject matter expertise of association management and strategic procurement to NAEP. In her role of Deputy Director for NASPO, Krista directed and managed NASPO programs and program delivery collaborating with NASPO’s Board of Directors on long-term organizational growth and development. She conducted environmental scans of public procurement, developed policies and procedures and served as a change agent for new programs and innovation.

Prior to NASPO, Ms. Ferrell was a Buyer Supervisor for the West Virginia Division of Purchasing from 2006 to 2014.

Krista attended Marshall University and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in history and biology.
Krista is a native of Orgas, West Virginia and her hobbies include writing, gardening, hiking, and baking.

In response to a question about her early work experience asked by a member during the web-based interview presented to meet Krista, she said, “During my senior year in college, I began working for a non-profit which cared for the at-risk youth population. Upon graduation, I transferred to a second non-profit which worked with a similar youth population. Not only did I learn a lot about non-profit work in general, it was this experience which allowed me to learn how to apply emotional and social intelligence in a tangible way. It shaped what would eventually become my communication style of seeking to understand the true needs of people and formed the framework I would use to manage relationships with various types of people. What I learned in these years working with this population, has helped me be successful in every position I’ve held since giving me tools to deliver better results, solve complex problems, and lead people.”

During this search, we encouraged all NAEP members to get involved and participate in the process. We appreciate those who volunteered for the search committee, advisory groups and who participated in the candidate interviews. The feedback from members and staff received after the interview series was used by the Board of Directors as we made our final decision.

We look forward to working with Krista and continuing to support NAEP members in this dynamic environment with the tools and resources that allow continued success within higher education procurement.


Nichol Luoma, NAEP Board President
Associate Vice President, Sustainability Operations Officer and CPO
University Business Services
Arizona State University

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