Chief Procurement Officer
Oregon State University
I hope you are all enjoying your time here in Reno. Hopefully, you are learning new things, reconnecting with colleagues, and meeting new people as you participate in the sessions and events.
It was just shy of a year ago when I gave my incoming President’s speech, sharing my perspective about the value of personal and professional relationships that I’ve developed through NAEP. At that time, I shared one of my very special mentor’s mantra that, “It’s all about the relationships.” Serving as the NAEP President proved to be no exception to that saying. This experience has afforded me the opportunity to work with procurement professionals who are doing amazing things. I had the privilege of developing several new relationships, many of which will last well beyond my career as a procurement professional.
Before I move on to the next step as the Past President, I’d like to thank some important people. So kudos and a huge thank you to the following people:
The Board of Directors for your involvement and leadership. You have been a wonderful team and I’ve learned so much from you. You are engaged, active, and passionate about this Association and it shows through your involvement and contributions.
Doreen Murner and the NAEP staff. I appreciate your hard work, dedication, and the commitment you provide each and every day. You are a very resourceful team and manage to operate a lean and effective Association.
The Oregon State University (OSU) staff for their support and enthusiasm. I never had to worry about what was happening at OSU as I traveled around the nation representing the Association. I feel very fortunate to work with such a great team. Thank you, Tim, my wonderful husband, for your patience, support, and understanding as I fulfilled my duties. Finally, thank you, the Members of NAEP, for electing me, providing your support, and sending me your well wishes all along this journey. I truly appreciate having such strong relationships with so many of you.
Speaking of relationships and gratitude, I have had the pleasure of getting to know your next president much better this past year. She has been an extremely active and engaged Board Member who is always looking out for the best interest of the NAEP Members. Our Association will definitely benefit from her strength and leadership. Please join me in welcoming your president, Rosey Murton.
Director, Procurement Services
Wake Forest University
I hope you are enjoying the conference and have been collecting great ideas that will generate great rewards for your institution. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rosey Murton, and please feel free to say hello. I love to meet new colleagues and I welcome feedback.
This year, the theme of Great Ideas, Great Expectations and Great Rewards was chosen in the development of our program. We would like to continue that theme throughout this next year with a call for leadership to colleagues who are excited about helping NAEP continue the tradition of meeting the great expectations of Members and implementing great ideas to achieve great rewards. As an example of meeting your expectations, many of you have attended the excellent professional development programs that were formulated by seeking the input and collaboration of procurement leadership throughout Higher Education. If you haven’t had the chance to attend a program yet, I would encourage you to review the current offerings, as a busy schedule is planned for this next year. In the words of our keynote speaker Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, “You have the permission to engage.”
Recently, NAEP completed a survey of membership that indicated that, out of the pool of respondents, 38 percent said they were retiring; 33 percent will retire within one to three years; and an additional 23 percent will retire in three to five years. That translates into a Membership turnover of about two-thirds within the next five years. Not only will this create opportunities for our up-and-coming professionals on a campus level, but it also creates leadership opportunities within organizations like NAEP. Although we will miss our mentors and leaders, it is apparent that the time has come to pass the torch to a new generation of leadership. I’d like to ask all of you to consider being a part of the leadership that assists our Association in creating great ideas, expectations, and rewards. Your Association needs your talents. We can no longer afford to wait. For those of you thinking of getting involved, there is no better time to develop and refine your leadership skills. Please seek out Members of the Board, NAEP staff, and regional leadership to explore the opportunities.
Expectations of the procurement office in Higher Education have never been higher and we are called upon to deliver on those expectations in a compressed timeframe, with minimal resources. My journey with NAEP started with volunteering for committees. Being fairly new to Higher Education at the time, it became a great way to build a network of peers, expand my knowledge about best practices, and also meet some folks who served as valuable mentors. That experience helped contribute to developing my leadership skills, both on a professional and personal level. Professionally, this experience allowed me to leverage what other peer institutions were implementing and tailor it to the needs of my specific institution. Personally, I knew that if a unique challenge presented itself, there was always a colleague out there to bounce ideas off of and to provide input that made my own ideas even better. These connections have been invaluable in my career!
The exciting change for many others like me is that our networks are evolving and changing as we see colleagues retire. We must constantly reach out to the best and brightest, as we move forward and embrace new ideas and innovations that occur with the rise of new leaders. We are hoping that many of you who have not yet participated or reached out to other NAEP colleagues take this opportunity to do so and build a network. It is so important that our colleagues feel supported and valued at this point in their careers.
All of my NAEP experience contributed to the development of leadership skills. What I learned from my colleagues is that there were so many great leaders to emulate within Higher Education, all in their own way either contributing or developing the essential “Cs” for leadership. These include enhancing credibility, developing competencies in new areas, supporting when courage is needed; enhancing communication skills, developing creativity, honoring commitments; and most of all developing a sense of community and contributing to strength of character. I hope that you will benefit from the same leadership opportunity that I was fortunate enough to access.
I’d like to thank my family and extended family for all their support. In my case, it has truly taken a village and I am so truly grateful for their love and support throughout the years. I’d also like to thank my wonderful mentors including Steve Logan, Mike Smith, Phil Abruzzi, Brad Sheriff, Mike Bass, Joe V., John Shenette, Carmen Canales and Becky Edmunds. I’d also like to thank my former Big Ten colleagues Jill Schunck, Jim Konrad, Mark Felhlberg, Tim Bray, Mike Hardiman and Kim Watson and my IPHEC “gang” Mike Bloechle, Tracy Sullivan, Karen Toricelli, Nancy Fairless, Shannon Reed and Terry Roegge. Also special thanks to Gene Suwanski, Bill Harris, Sandy Hicks and Lisa Deal for providing counsel during my time at NAEP. Lastly, and most importantly I’d like to thank my staff – both former and current. Having such great teams is the reason a leader can achieve great rewards and I thank all of you for your contributions. What I have learned is that none of us goes it alone and having colleagues who care about you and support your journey is essential to one’s success.
I’d also like to mention a special thanks to the wonderful NAEP Board you have elected. We will work hard to achieve the great expectations of our Membership.
I’d like to reiterate the “ask” for all of you in the audience. If you are interested in creating, sharing, and implementing great ideas and realizing great rewards for all the Membership of NAEP, then we are asking you to get involved. Volunteering is a great reward in itself, however you can make a difference. We need you. There are many NAEP committees that need your great ideas, both on a national and regional level. We ask you to rise to the great expectations we have for our upcoming NAEP leaders.