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Fox Chase Cancer Center Purchasing Manager Wallace Young Honored with Lifetime Certification from National Professional Association

PHILADELPHIA (September 17, 1999) -- Wallace E. Young of Wyncote, Pa., manager of materials management and purchasing for Fox Chase Cancer Center, has earned the status of lifetime certified purchasing manager (C.P.M.) from the National Association of Purchasing Management.

NAPM is recognized as the world leader in establishing and maintaining professional standards of competence and conduct in all purchasing-related matters. Founded 85 years ago, the nonprofit organization is a federation of 179 affiliated associations with almost 41,000 members worldwide.

Young has been certified by NAPM since 1989. Qualifying for initial certification requires taking 84 hours of continuing education courses and seminars as well as passing a four-part written test lasting eight hours, he explained.

Certification is renewable every five years, "provided you keep taking courses. I was required to have 84 hours per certification," he said. "Lifetime certification comes about when you have attained 20 years' experience in the field and meet the educational requirements-another 84 hours of course work."

He likens the process to certification for accountants, but the focus is on management and purchase of materials. NAPM offers a number of seminars and related continuing education courses. Young also enrolled in relevant programs sponsored by the American Management Association.

In addition to taking classes, he has also taught them. Last May, at NAPM's international conference in San Diego, he did a presentation on a supplier's financial analysis.

"Professional certification assists management in identifying purchasing and materials management professionals demonstrating a specific level of knowledge and experience," said Scott R. Sturzl, NAPM's corporate vice president for certification. "Such professionals are an important part of the skilled management team necessary to meet the challenges in today's competitive global environment."

"Wallace is a paradigm of what a professional should be," said R. Donald Leedy, C.P.A., vice president for finance and treasurer of the Center. "The level of dedication he brings to his job and his consistency in working to improve his skills both enhance his many contributions to Fox Chase."

Young earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from LaSalle University, with concentrations in operations management and personnel/labor relations. Before joining Fox Chase in 1984, he was a buyer for Amchem Products Inc., purchasing capital equipment.

His career began as a member of the U.S. Army. He became chief warrant officer and served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

At Fox Chase, Young handles a purchasing budget of approximately $7.5 million a year in supplies and services. Along with his professional responsibilities, he works on behalf of Fox Chase in several other ways.

This fall, he is chairing the Center's employee United Way campaign. He is also an active member of the faculty and staff campaign committee for the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention.

Young and his wife, Pat, have two grown sons. His community activities include serving on the board of directors of the Cheltenham Township Adult School. He belongs to the Society for Advancement of Management and the Purchasing Management Association of Philadelphia, an affiliate of NAPM.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 36 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. Its activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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