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Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI)

Monday, May. 21, 2012

Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI)

Dear Colleagues,

As part of our ongoing commitment to improve operations at Santa Clara University, we are partnering with Loyola Marymount University, University of San Francisco and Seattle University to launch an initiative to analyze our procurement processes, create group purchasing to reduce costs, and improve service to our internal customers.  The President’s Staff is fully committed to this Procurement Consolidation Initiative (PCI) and asks for the collective support, expertise and involvement of our varied internal stakeholders to make it successful. 

The PCI will be implemented in phases to effectively collect and analyze data, determine needs and then take timely action to expedite obvious benefits.  In the near term, the President’s Staff will create a steering committee to identify and oversee teams that will analyze our procurement strengths, limitations and weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SLOT) across the range of our operations. 

Once the PCI analysis is fully underway, a consultant supporting the four partner institutions will facilitate implementation to bring about the collective improvements.  The consultant will visit campus and actively engage our stakeholders and leadership team in the process.  This will help ensure that the unique needs and expectations of Santa Clara are balanced and met to the greatest extent possible with those of our partner institutions.

The PCI is an important opportunity for Santa Clara University to find ways of improving operations, increasing options, and reducing costs.  Our efforts in the coming months will yield valuable recommendations and improvements that will contribute to our competitive advantage as an institution and help us meet the ongoing needs of our faculty, staff and students. 


Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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