The Purchasing Office is dedicated to providing the timely and efficient procurement of quality goods and services for the academic, administrative and research departments at a reasonable price. The Purchasing Office also purchases goods, and non-personal services (e.g. repair, maintenance, delivery). To fulfill its mission, the Purchasing Office develops and maintains reliable sources of supply, obtains competitive bids, negotiates major contracts, consolidates university purchases, and awards purchase orders. The office also creates and ensures standards of quality, safety and compatibility, and acts as the university's designated office, as delegated by the chancellor and trustees, for the commitment of resources.