Preferred Suppliers and Purchasing Contacts
Below please find a list of business areas (commodities), their respective Purchasing contacts and in some cases, a link to the University's primary preferred supplier(s). If you find that this list is not inclusive of the specific goods or services you require, please contact the Purchasing Office for guidance.
The University has established a number of long-term, competitively awarded Preferred Suppliers for the supply of goods and services to the University.
Faculty and staff shall use primary preferred suppliers whenever possible, with the understanding that purchases made with preferred suppliers remain subject to university bidding requirements. There are also many secondary sources available through consortia and other contracts. Such secondary contracts should be used only if primary preferred suppliers are not able to source the goods or services in question. All purchases not competitively bid will require market pricing comparison and justification.
These agreements are competitively negotiated to streamline the purchasing process for commonly purchased items and to achieve the best value for the University by consolidating expenditures with fewer suppliers. The University actively manages these relationships through regular meetings with suppliers, measurement of key performance indicators and the prompt follow up of issues. University faculty and staff are encouraged to report any concerns related to pricing or service to the Purchasing Office for investigation and action.