Our goal is to ensure that goods and services purchased are of the proper quality, proper quantity, at the lowest available cost, and received within a reasonable period of time.
The Longwood University Materiel Management and Purchasing Department is responsible for all procurement for the university in compliance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act and the Governing Rules (pdf) of the Procurement Manual for Institutions of Higher Education and Their Vendors (pdf).
The Materiel Management and Purchasing Department makes sure that happens – and, where possible, implements cost-saving strategies such as group buying and negotiated pricing.
Of course, controlling and reducing procurement costs goes a long way (the University buys a lot of goods and services!) toward helping keep tuition and other student costs as low as possible.