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Spotlight on Procurement

Location: Administration Building

Director: Lucy Slaich

Number of employees: 10

What they do:

The Procurement Department is TU’s face to the business community, obligating nearly $80 million on approximately 1,000 contracts in 2010, including $16.9 million to Maryland minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Procurement also conducts nearly 100 bids, quotes and requests for proposal (RFPs) annually, and oversees thousands of transactions on the university’s approximately 500 Visa procurement cards.

Towson University boasts the only procurement team in the University System of Maryland (USM) in which every buyer holds one or more professional certifications. The certified staff has 117 combined years of purchasing experience that they regularly share with colleagues by serving on the state’s MBE Advisory Committee, providing advice to other USM PeopleSoft eProcurement (ePro) users, presenting workshops on procurement card management and other purchasing topics, and sharing specs and sources with other universities. Last year, their excellence in achieving state MBE goals led the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus to nominate the department for a 2010 “best MBE practices” award.

Current projects:

  • Completing work on a new contract for comprehensive housekeeping services in the university. The contract has a potential 10-year term.
  • Identifying an executive search firm to support the selection of a new TU president.
  • Gearing up for year-end buying, including furniture, carpeting and microwave/refrigerator combo units to improve our residence halls.

Upcoming initiatives:

  • Planning the next upgrade to PeopleSoft’s ePro module.
  • Publishing a series of quick guides to help new users navigate the complex process of purchasing with state funds.
  • Promoting the use of small business reserve (SBR) vendors in procurement card transactions.

For more information on Procurement, go to http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/fiscalplanning/procurement/.


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