In February and March, two stories highlighted news from the Purchasing Department. One featured the ongoing savings – $1.7 million a year and counting – that the department has achieved through carefully negotiated contracts with vendors in such areas as printing, promotional items and event services. The second story continued the series of employee spotlights with a focus on Brian Cook, purchasing agent for SMU and the procurement card administrator and coordinator for all requests for proposal (RFPs) for the University.
Another key story in March was a letter from President Turner and Provost Currall summarizing new allocations to SMU’s budget in FY2019 made possible by OE2C savings. These will include an increase in the library collections budget, new positions to help faculty apply for grants, an Innovation Seed Fund and much more. The most recent operational metrics were posted and the Operational Excellence Savings Tracker was updated to include the expenditures, some of which will be recurring and some of which are one-time allocations.