What we buy
We purchase all goods and services to support academic and research programs, as well as construction and renovation projects on main campus and at our extension sites. Our purchases total approximately $190 million per year and include scientific equipment, chemicals, furnishings, computer equipment and supplies, and a multitude of maintenance, operating, and repair items, as well as contracted services.
How we buy
As a public institution we must follow the policies established by our Board of Governors in the conduct of our day-to-day operations. Our purchasing activities must pass numerous audits and reviews and therefore must be conducted in an efficient and business like manner.
All purchases in excess of $20,000 must be competitively bid. Purchases under this amount are processed on a competitive basis either by a written or a verbal request for quotation. We require a prompt response to these requests in order to process them quickly and efficiently. Every effort is made to process orders for payment in a timely manner, especially for our Minority and Women-Owned Vendors. We may prepay orders to enhance our business opportunities with our minority and women owned companies..
Like all professional purchasing departments, our main objective is to procure the right product/service, for the right price, at the right time. We have taken this a step beyond. We also strive to increase expenditures with minority vendors and when possible, will target a purchase for minority competition only. We maintain a comprehensive list of all known minority and women-owned vendors and include these vendors in a request for quotation whenever possible.
Our code of ethics
We subscribe and adhere to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Educational Buyers. At all times we foster fair, ethical and legal trade practices.
While we have made appreciable advances in our minority and women-owned vendor activity, we constantly strive to improve. With your help, we shall continue to increase our expenditures with these viable and qualified sources of supply.
We realize that time is money. Therefore, we urge you to use the following list of Buyers to quickly locate the person / team responsible for buying the products or services you offer. Please click on the team title line to link to a detailed listing of each Buyer's assignment, and their telephone number and E-Mail address.
If the buyer you need is not available, and you require assistance, please contact any member of the Buyer's Team for prompt response
Research & Education
Contracts & MRO
Robert Kuhn, C.P.M.
Procurement Card Team