Mark S. Cartwright of Blacksburg, former manager of back office servicing at GMAC Bank, has been named supplier diversity manager at Virginia Tech.

In his new position, Cartwright will provide leadership for a comprehensive program to improve the availability of small, woman-owned and minority-owned vendors to the university community. He will work closely with the director of materials management and the professional buying staff of the university to identify small, woman-owned and minority-owned supplier resources so that maximum opportunity for participation in the competitive procurement process will be achieved.

Cartwright will also be responsible for representing the university at educational outreach events, meeting with state officials and other representatives of higher education, and also serve as a dedicated resource for small, woman-owned and minority-owned suppliers seeking to do business with the university.

Having joined GMAC Bank shortly after its inception in 2001, Cartwright initially oversaw customer service and call center operations as the bank grew to $14 billion in assets over a five year period. His more recent responsibilities included building a back office servicing team to accommodate the rapid growth of the bank. He was also heavily involved in community outreach initiatives. Prior to joining GMAC Bank, Cartwright held management positions with BB&T and Bank of America.

Cartwright serves on the Pamplin MBA Advisory Board and received his bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.

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