Mission Statement

Vision: The Office of Procurement at College of Charleston would like to be recognized as an organization of highly trained procurement professionals, utilizing advanced technology, dedicated to the proactive delivery of value-added, innovative procurement services that consistently exceed customer expectations.


Mission: The mission of the Office of Procurement will provide efficient and timely procurement services that maximize the College’s resources and promote its instruction, research, extension, and professional services programs. To fulfill its mission, Procurement seeks to attain the following goals:

  • Procure all equipment, supplies, and services, consistent with the quality, quantity, and delivery requirements of the requesting department while obtaining maximum value for each dollar expended, utilizing open competition and impartial evaluation of alternate products.
  • Encourage innovation and sustainability in the acquisition of all supplies and services.
  • Consistent application of state law and College policies to ensure appropriate stewardship of public funds.
  • Achieve continuous quality improvement by identifying and delivering innovative ideas and solutions and engaging in cooperative interaction internally and externally.
  • Promote good working relationships with faculty, staff, and students by providing product information, sourcing assistance, best practices regarding purchasing/contracting, and procurement options through an understanding of their purpose and objectives.
  • Provide seminars and training sessions on procurement processes and trends and promoting interdepartmental communication at all times.
  • Foster fair, ethical, and legal trade practices that generate broad participation and competition among potential suppliers and result in the development of a strong vendor community and promote public trust in College of Charleston.  
  • Encourage utilization and development of small and local businesses; women-owned; veteran-owned; and, businesses owned by socially disadvantaged ethnic groups.
  • Foster transparency across the procurement process.
  • Be sensitive to gender differences, diverse age groups, socioeconomic levels, racial ancestries, ethnic heritages, and international cultures in the performance of daily activities.
  • Formulate and recommend purchasing policy and procedures that support the mission of the College.