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From the President: The Best Laid Plans... Have a Good Roadmap

Posted By NAEP, Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kelly Kozisek - NAEP President
Chief Procurement Officer
Oregon State University

At Oregon State University, our Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) leadership team is finalizing a new three-year strategic plan. This plan was recently unveiled at our annual DFA awards brunch. It focuses on three primary goals: service, safety and health, and stewardship, and these goals tie directly to our University’s strategic plan. Supporting these goals are a variety of strategies, from creating and implementing shared and integrated systems and resources to developing programs that support the student experience outside the classroom. I am very fortunate to be a member of the strategic-planning leadership committee and am actively involved in the subcommittee on stewardship. As we solidify the strategies and objectives for this strategic plan, we are carefully planning how our Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management department will play an important and active role. Our thoughtful approach to implementing a new source-to-settle system certainly falls under the service and stewardship goals. Our Materials Management and Procurement sustainability effort is advancing social and environmental responsibility at all levels throughout the OSU community, and that objective falls under stewardship. These are just a couple of examples. 

As I review our departmental goals and objectives for the next several years, it’s clear that our strategic initiatives are integral to each of the plan’s three goals and their related strategies. The DFA roadmap will help our department remain focused on developing and accomplishing key supporting objectives through our own departmental strategic plan.  It’s clear that we’ll be held accountable for achieving these objectives, which is important, as the daily work competes for our time and resources. Excuses such as being too busy won’t cut it, which is great. After all, how can we make progress on our strategic initiatives and demonstrate our relevance if we are “too busy” with the daily work?     

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