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From the President: Creating Solutions to New Challenges

Posted By NAEP, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kelly Kozisek - NAEP President
Chief Procurement Officer
Oregon State University

As the Chief Procurement Officer for Oregon State University, I am constantly seeking resources that will aid our department in providing value to the University.  Whether it is talent management tools, help with challenging solicitations, or information on best practices, I’m constantly seeking information on a variety of topics.  That’s one of the benefits of being a business professional in higher education – the environment is constantly changing and we’re responsible for creating solutions to new challenges. 

 A couple of my colleagues and I had to laugh the other day because someone told us, “Well, if you just Google it...” with regard to a complex business topic.  Sure, search engines are great tools, but for higher education professionals who must be innovative and strategic, we need more relevant information than what we’ll likely find as a result of a search.  Most of us need information specific to higher education and supply chain management.

 Your membership with NAEP provides you with access to a number of tools and information.   Not only can you reach out to other higher education supply chain professionals through the NAEP online Forums, but you also have access to a number of tools on the online resources, career center, and publications sites. Using your log-in, you can gain access to the following resources:

  • NAEP member information
  • RFP library
  • Job description library
  • Career Center, where members can post and view career opportunities
  • White papers
  • Surveys
  • Presentations
  • Talent management resources
  • Past issues of the Educational Procurement Journal and Purchasing Link

If you haven’t utilized these resources yet, I highly encourage you to visit these sites to familiarize yourself with the variety of tools that are right at your fingertips.  Get the biggest bang for your membership buck and see how the NAEP offerings can help you!

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