Kellogg World Alumni Magazine Winter 2006Kellogg School of Management
In DepthIn BriefDepartmentsClass NotesClub NewsArchivesContactKellogg Homepage
Siebel Scholars named
Kellogg hosts national Net Impact Conference
Room to write
CEO Perspective Program reveals view from the summit

Kellogg summit reveals leadership keys

New asset management program a Kellogg priority
Central bankers convene for Kellogg workshop
Alumni Newsmakers
EMBA showcase touts advantages for women who pursue Kellogg degree
CMC 'Success Workshops' offer practical advice for interns
Cahill milestone
Birt named director
Guest speakers
Kellogg teams victorious in turnaround competition
Happy Birthday, Mr. Marketing!
In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Lawrence "Gene" Lavengood
Full engagement: the power of the Kellogg Alumni Network
Address Update
Alumni Home
Submit News
Internal Site
Northwestern University
Kellogg Search
  Paul Campbell '00
  Paul Campbell '00
Alumni Newsmakers
  Gil Penchina '97
  Paul Campbell '00
  Maury Fertig '85
  J.P. Rhea '06

Alumni Newsmakers: Paul Campbell '00

Campbell helps save taxpayers $529 million

When Paul Campbell '00 joined the Illinois Department of Central Management Services as assistant director in February 2003, there were 43 different e-mail systems in use by the state government — practically one for each agency.

Under the mandate of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, CMS was directed to work with other government agencies to streamline their administrative tasks and give the agencies more time and resources to concentrate on the public services they provide. "What you had prior to the Blagojevich administration was a highly decentralized approach," says Campbell, and that approach allowed all manner of inefficient practices, procedures and rogue e-mail systems to flourish.

Campbell has been the director of CMS since June 2005. During that time, confirms a recent Deloitte study, CMS helped save Illinois taxpayers more than $529 million.

"That was a lot of low-hanging fruit," says Campbell of the half-billion savings. He adds that there is no shortage of bureaucracy keeping the state busy. "We still have 109 different accounting systems, 38 different HR systems and five different payroll systems."

Campbell is confident that CMS's efforts to bring private-sector best practices to government will translate into better services for Illinois taxpayers. "If I learned one thing at Kellogg," he says, "it's that if you don't focus on your core competency, you're out of luck."

Under Campbell's oversight, CMS also led a number of initiatives aimed at bringing more small businesses into state contracts, increasing diversity in hiring of government employees and improving the state's emergency-response capabilities.

Campbell says his Kellogg education was great training for his work across agencies. "The requirement to work in teams, to work collaboratively, was such an emphasis throughout the two years [at Kellogg]. There's no better example of the need to work collaboratively than in state government." — AH

©2002 Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University