An organizational evolution is taking shape in the UNT System’s procurement operation that will drive increased effectiveness, efficiency, customer service and cost savings across UNT World, while also extending first-hand experiential learning opportunities for business students at UNT and UNT Dallas.
A restructured procurement office will be in effect starting Feb. 1. Driven by a desire to modernize processes and streamline functionality across our campuses and UNT System headquarters, this strategic evolution will create sustainable efficiencies that will also help counter the many financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the guidance of Ron Brade, UNT System's Vice Chancellor for Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer, the new organization structure will include a Purchasing and Payments team headed by Shelley Pavero; an Acquisition Center of Excellence team headed by Jon Rascon; and a Strategic Sourcing team headed by Greg Obar.
Strategic Sourcing, a collaborative process that will lower costs by leveraging UNT World’s collective buying power, will be key to the overall strategy and success by delivering the most “bang for the buck.” Strategic sourcing seeks to consolidate similar contracts across campuses where possible, leading to better prices, better service and reduced costs.
Particularly beneficial to this new business model is the ability to involve our outstanding students enrolled in our UNT and UNT Dallas business schools. Students will be eligible to support the office through internships to gain real-world experience. Opportunities are being explored for students to earn income and obtain college credit.