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Our 99th Annual Meeting is all about "Getting in Tune With Procurement". This year we will offer over 40 educational sessions within six tracks, 1) Analytics, 2) Diversity/Sustainability, 3) Procure to Pay which includes: Contracts, Payables, Technology and Travel and Expense, 4) Strategic Sourcing, 5) Supplier Management and 6) Supply Chain.

The Conference Agenda

The conference agenda is available now for your review.




Registration for NAEP 2020 is now open.

Your full conference registration includes access to the Sunday afternoon Registration Celebration, the Host Event on Monday evening, all keynote sessions and educational workshops on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and access to the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Exhibit Networking Luncheon on Tuesday.

All educational sessions will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Our Monday night offsite event will be held at the Wildhorse Saloon (transportation provided)

The NAEP Member rate for the full registration is $825. You must be signed into the website to receive this discounted rate (Nonmember rate is $1,120).

Download a justification letter (Word doc) to help secure approval to attend the meeting.



The Scholarship Committee is once again pleased hold our annual raffle to raise funds for the scholarship programs. Let us know if you'll donate an item to the event.


Hotel Reservations & Information


Our headquarters hotel is the:

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN

The NAEP discounted hotel room night is $182 per night plus applicable taxes & fees. Click here to reserve your hotel room in the NAEP block.

Our discounted rate is available from April 3rd through the 9th, depending on room availability, if you would like to arrive early or extend your stay in Nashville. If you plan to come in on April 1-2 (or earlier) or stay after April 10th, please contact NAEP with your request.


Nashville Airport

Nashville International Airport (BNA) is 8 miles to the hotel.

There is an airport shuttle service available to the hotel for a fee. The cost is $19 one-way. You must call ahead of time to book a reservation: (615) 883-2211

Taxi service is available at the airport at the "New Ground Transportation Center". It is approximately $30 to the Gaylord. Uber and Lyft are available at Nashville International Airport.

Please be aware of the following known scams:

  • No one should contact you directly to book your rooms or offer you a "special discounted conference rate." If you receive one of these calls, it is a scam. They have been known to say they are calling on behalf of NAEP. In these instances, not only are you not in the conference block but there have been several instances in which the "company" will take your credit card information, give you a fake confirmation number and not secure a reservation for you regardless of charging your credit card.

  • Anyone offering to rent or sell you the NAEP conference attendee list is not affiliated nor authorized to speak on behalf of NAEP. It is a scam.

  • If you receive a phone call from someone wanting to speak to the 'the person who is handling this event from your side or your tradeshow coordinator' or tries to alert you to a 'decrease in the conference room pricing' or 'very limited availability', this is a scam tactic. Please ignore it and hang up. These companies are not affiliated with NAEP, and it is a scam.

  • If someone contacts you claiming to be from the NAEP Conference or Exhibitor Department and is not with NAEP staff or GES (for exhibitors), do not share any information with them. The company is not affiliated with NAEP, and it is a scam.

Leadership Workshop:
Building an Education Culture to Promote Organizational Change

If you are a high-level procurement professional, come into Nashville early and take this 1/2 day add-on leadership training.

As procurement practitioners and professionals, we often find ourselves in that space of responding to changes versus driving change at our institutions. In this session we will explore how to create a culture to move beyond “this is the way we’ve always done things” to cultivate teams that bring passion and enthusiasm to their shared work and network of commitments.

Registration is separate. Complete your annual meeting registration and then follow the prompts to register for the workshop. If you would like to register for the workshop only, click here.



Exhibiting & Sponsoring


If you serve the higher education procurement community as a GPO, supplier, or consultant to the industry, you need to exhibit and sponsor at NAEP 2020! To participate in networking opportunities and to get in front of nearly 500 procurement professionals from schools large and small, public and private, you must purchase an exhibit booth and/or a sponsorship package from NAEP. Click here to get started.

2019 Annual Meeting Resources:

A look back at our time in Kansas City.

Future Annual Meetings:

Plan ahead! NAEP has scheduled the Annual Meeting through 2023.

  • Our 100th Annual Meeting in 2021: March 14-17, 2021 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD (Outside of Washington, DC)
  • 2022: April 17-20, 2022 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX
  • 2023: April 2-5, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL

NAEP National Office, 8840 Stanford Boulevard, Suite 2000, Columbia, MD 21045

New Phone Number Starting May 1: 443.281.9901
Tel: 443.543.5540 • Fax: 443.219.9687

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