The University has established a number of long-term, competitively awarded Preferred Suppliersfor the supply of goods and services to the University. 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.
Faculty and staff shall use primary preferred suppliers wherever possible, with the understanding that purchases made with preferred suppliers remain subject to university bidding requirements. There also exist many secondary sources available through consortium 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.
Below please find a list of business areas (commodities), their respective Purchasing contacts and in most 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.