With nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, Joseph Campbell has served in leadership roles covering a diverse range of administrative operations, from residential life to procurement to strategic initiatives.
Campbell joined Drexel University in June 2000, shortly after serving as North Carolina State University's Chief Operations Officer for the 1999 Special Olympics World Games. As Drexel's Director of Residential Living, he initiated the development of residential-based learning communities, served as an adjunct faculty member and partnered with the Pennoni Honors College to form the Honors Residence Hall program.
Under Campbell’s leadership from 2003 to July 2013, University Procurement streamlined operations and became more efficient, reducing end-to-end transaction processing costs through an expanded PCard program that dramatically reduced the number of purchase order transactions. He increased partnerships with strategic suppliers and group purchasing organizations and improved the processes for bidding and awarding construction, third-party development and HR benefits contracts. Campbell also initiated University Procurement’s Supplier Diversity Development Initiative and Sustainable Purchasing Initiative.
Campbell currently leads strategic initiatives critical to the success of the Division of Administrative and Business Service and Drexel University. He oversees and manages the planning, design and prioritization of business initiatives, procurement of major University construction and capital projects, critical issues management and sustainability operations. Major accomplishments include negotiating over $267 million in third-party development projects, significantly increasing Drexel University’s diversity spend and diversity contract commitments, and shepherding the University’s migration to self-funded health benefits for a savings of over $7 million.
Campbell has a bachelor's degree in psychology and economics, a master's degree in student personnel counseling in higher education and a doctorate degree in higher education administration.
Campbell has served as chair of the Drexel University NCAA Athletic Certification Steering Committee, as well as the Philadelphia Area Collegiate Cooperative group purchasing organization. He is currently a member of the Drexel University Intercultural Engagement and Diversity Initiative Steering Committee and active in Drexel's environmental sustainability initiative, Drexel Green.