Jack T. Pitzer
BG(IA), Jack Todd Pitzer, Ph.D., CPPO, served as Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Iowa, Assistant Director of the Missouri Division of Purchasing, and he retired in 2006 as Director of Procurement for the City of Alexandria, VA. Before moving to Alexandria, Pitzer had been publisher and managing editor of the Ledger newspaper in Albany, MO, and Dean of Services for Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO.
He joined the Army Reserve in 1958 as a high school senior, and he remained a member of the reserve components until 2001, when he retired as a Colonel, United States Army. He served in command and staff positions in the Missouri and Iowa Army National Guard from 1963 until 1993, when he was placed on the retired rolls of the Iowa National Guard as a Brigadier General. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, and is a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. He was an honor graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Among his decorations are the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal. A Field Artillery Officer, he commanded units at the company/battery, battalion, and installation level.
He graduated cum laude from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, and subsequently received master's and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Missouri. He is a lifetime Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO.)
A co-author of public procurement textbooks, Leadership and Management in Public Procurement and Introduction to Public Procurement, he served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, the Florida Institute of Technology, Lincoln University and Drake University.
A past-president and life member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, he received the organization's 20th Anniversary Giulio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award in 2014. He received the Distinguished Service Award of NIGP, the Institute of Public Procurement, in 2006, and the Virginia Association of Governmental Procurement recognized him with its Sandridge lifetime achievement award in 2006.
A long-time member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria, he served as club president in 2005-2006, and was District 7610 Assistant Governor in 2008-2010. He received Rotary’s Avenues of Service Award in recognition of outstanding service in furtherance of Rotary objectives and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati, and the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He has received the SAR Roger Sherman Meritorious Service Medal, the Club Service Medal, and the Bronze Distinguished Service Medal.