Wayne State University

Policies and Procedures

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This guide has been prepared to assist you in your contacts with our Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Department and Wayne State University.  We believe this information will help you better understand our organization and will provide you with the necessary information to make your business transactions successful.


We purchase all goods and services to support academic and research programs, as well as construction and renovation projects on main campus and at our extension sites.  Our purchases total more than $190 million per year and include, but are not limited to, scientific equipment, chemicals, furnishings, computer equipment and supplies, and a multitude of maintenance, operating, and repair items, as well as contracted services.


As a public institution we must follow the policies established by our Board of Governors in the conduct of our day-to-day operations.  Our purchasing activities must pass numerous audits and reviews and therefore must be managed in an efficient and business like manner.

All purchases in excess of $25,000 must be competitively bid.  Purchases under this amount are processed on a competitive basis either by a formal or a informal requests for quotation.  We require a prompt response to these requests in order to process them quickly and efficiently.

Every effort is made to process orders for payment in a timely manner, especially for our Diversity, Detroit and Michigan Based Suppliers.  We may prepay orders to enhance our business opportunities with our minority and women owned companies.


Like all professional purchasing departments, our main objective is to procure the right product or service, for the right price, at the right time.  We have taken this a step beyond.  We strive to increase expenditures with minority and women owned companies.  We maintain a comprehensive list of all known Diverse businesses on our website and include these vendors in a request for quotation whenever possible.


In all manner and actions, to perform with the highest degree of ethics and integrity as published by NAEP and ISM.


While we have made appreciable advances in our minority and women owned vendor activity, we constantly strive to improve.  With your help, we shall continue to increase our expenditures with these viable and qualified sources of supply


Purchasing Services - Paula Reyes, Associate Director


Buying Team


Robert Kuhn, C.P.M.
Valerie Kreher
Loretta McClary

Kimberly Tomaszewski
Robin Watkins

Technology and Support - Joan Powell, eProcurement Manager

Procurement Card

Expediting Team
Debra Garafalo
Cynthia Branch

Procurement Coordinator
Pat Wegner

Procurement Card Team
Jeneen Conley-Berry