Purchasing department recognized for procurement

On hand for the presentation or the procurement award were, from left, Randi Faust, purchasing manager; San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; Ann Kokx-Templet, contracts and purchasing services director; and Ken Lynn, vice chancellor of fiscal affairs.

On hand for the presentation or the procurement award were, from left, Randi Faust, purchasing manager; San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; Ann Kokx-Templet, contracts and purchasing services director; and Ken Lynn, vice chancellor of fiscal affairs.

The purchasing department recently won the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, a prestigious national award that recognizes organizational excellence in procurement.

The award is sponsored by numerous national and state procurement organizations, including the National Procurement Institute, the Institute for Supply Management, the National Association of State Procurement Officials, the National Association of Educational Procurement, and the Texas Public Purchasing Association.

This is the first year for San Jacinto College to win the national award.

“I want to thank the staff of the contracts and purchasing services department for their sustained commitment to continuous improvement,” commented Ann Kokx-Templet, San Jacinto College’s director of contracts and purchasing services. “It is that dedication, along with support from the administration, that made this achievement a reality. Randi Faust (San Jacinto College’s purchasing manager) deserves special recognition for her role in administering this project. She sparked the enthusiasm and inspired the team which demonstrates her consummate professionalism and commitment to the values on which procurement professionals are judged.”

Public and non-profit organizations earn the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award by earning a high application score based on standardized criteria, including innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes. The award is judged and awarded by leaders in peer organizations comprised of representatives from institutions of higher education, cities, counties and public and private agencies.

San Jacinto College is one of only 17 higher education agencies in the nation to receive the award.