Debby Zumbach

Debby Zumbach

Title: 

Assistant Vice President and Director, Purchasing and Business Services

Email: 

Phone: 

(319) 335-3815

Campus Address: 

436 PCO

Debby Zumbach is the associate vice president of Finance and Operations and director of Parking and Transportation/Business Services at the University of Iowa. Zumbach oversees twelve major units on campus: Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Travel, Printing and Mailing Services, Campus Mail, Central Receiving, General Stores, Risk Management, Parking and Transportation, Finance and Business Information Systems, UI Laundry, and University Shared Services.  

Zumbach has been at the University of Iowa since 1992 in various positions, including as the first woman director of Purchasing at the University of Iowa and in the Big Ten. During her time as the director, she converted the paper-based transaction process to a 100% automated EPR system with workflow approvals.  She also created the first strategic sourcing unit to create master agreements across campus and the regent institutions, leading to significant savings on purchases. Zumbach played a part in many successes, including leading the UI campus through the implementation of Shared Services, meeting savings goals by reducing the resources needed for this effort by 26%, designing and implementing ProTrav, a software solution for procurement cards and travel reimbursements, partnering with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) to provide free parking to patients, and more. She also successfully helped modify and implement ProTrav @UNI, a version of the system for the University of Norther Iowa. Most recently, as the Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) financial and administrative chief, Zumbach helped lead our campus through the pandemic by working to acquire necessary supplies for campus and UIHC, using vendor partnerships new and old to ensure we could open successfully.   

Born and raised in Iowa, Zumbach earned a master’s degree in accounting and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management information systems from the University of Iowa in 1989. She is a first-generation University of Iowa graduate. Zumbach is currently a member of the Amazon Business Higher Education Customer Advisory Board and previously served as president of the CIC Purchasing Consortium.