Procurement & Contracting

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Welcome to our website. We hope you will find the provided resources helpful. Whether your need is a commodity, service or construction project, we want to be of service to you.

To get started, please review the following information and resources to become familiar with our processes and any associated requirements to support your procurement needs.

The Procurement and Contracting organization is part of the Finance and Administration Division of the University and is organized as follows:

Patricia L. Reich, CPSM, C.P.M., Director (570) 422-3595
Mary Ann Dutter, Purchasing Supervisor (570) 422-3206
Denise Aylward, Purchasing Agent (570) 422-3203

The below functional responsibilities are encompassed:

  • Purchasing - Non-construction procurement of goods and services.
  • Construction Procurement - Procurement of construction related goods and services.

Note: A "contract" exists whenever two parties agree to obligations or exchanges of consideration, whether or not actual dollars are received or paid.

Please note that it is the President alone who has the authority to sign contracts that bind the University to any rights and obligation unless the President delegates this authority, in writing, to third parties.

No one outside of the written delegates may sign contracts involving the University.

Unfortunately, anyone who does so is acting outside the scope of their employment and could be held personally responsible for any consequences that follow from an unauthorized contract.

For the sake of clarity, the primary person who has been delegated with authority to sign contracts on behalf of the University, without financial limitations, is Kenneth Long, Vice President for Administration & Finance.

Secondary delegates of Finance and Procurement are outlined in The Delegation of Presidential Authority - Procurement and Contracting (this should be a web link) contained in this web site.

No other individual has authority in regard to contracting on behalf of the University and cannot legally obligate the University in any way.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to procure goods and services for our clients in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner.

We endeavor to add value to the procurement process through competition, negotiation, and consolidation of needs whenever it is deemed to be in the best interests of the University.

Our goal is to be available to our clients for consultation and to assist them in any way possible in the acquisition of the goods and services that they need.

Our procedures utilize prudent business practices, integrate technology and are in accordance with State System of Higher Education policies and the Commonwealth Procurement Code (Act 57 of 1998).