The Purchasing Office exists to insure informed purchasing decisions are made and to improve procurement effectiveness by providing purchasing expertise and advice to University departments.
The office is organized and administered as a centralized purchasing function reporting to the Vice President for Accounting and Treasury Management.
Centralized purchasing is a system of purchasing in which the authority, responsibility and control of purchasing activities is concentrated in one administrative unit.
As a private institution, the University is governed by the laws and regulations that pertain to purchasing in higher education as established by the University President and the University's Board of Trustees.
Centralized purchasing provides the checks and balances that are necessary to ensure that goods and services are purchased within such laws and regulations, from responsible sources and at the best possible prices.