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For many years, Sharon Gobber served as a vital link between the campus community and the many vendors who supply goods and services to the institution. She has retired as director of purchasing emeritus.
Mrs. Gobber’s 30-year tenure at the university began in 1970 as an accounts payable clerk. She served at that post for three years, and in 1975 was promoted to supervisor of order processing and accounts payable. She became director of purchasing in 1983, where she served until her retirement in June.
As purchasing director, Mrs. Gobber had a reputation as someone who worked hard to ensure the university got what it wanted from vendor’s at the most competitive price. She improved her skills by obtaining the professional designations of Certified Public Purchasing Buyer in 1986, and was recognized by her peers in 1995 when the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing named her Purchasing Manager of the Year.
Mrs. Gobber provided direction in innumerable types of purchasing requests dealing with materials, equipment, services and construction projects. She used her skills to develop the equipment inventory and surplus property disposition into controlled and accountable functions of the purchasing office. She also established significant income producing contracts and cost-saving contracts.
Mrs. Gobber and her husband, Joe, have one daughter, Shelly Simpson, and two sons, Scott and Andy Gobber.