Strategic Sourcing Team

E&I Strategic Sourcing Team

The E&I Strategic Sourcing Team is a volunteer committee consisting of procurement professionals from within the membership. Committee members represent all school sizes – from the smallest to the largest – as well as each of the Cooperative’s six regional districts. The Committee convenes twice a year at alternating locations.

Team Members

Jennifer Adling – Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Colin Anderson – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Travis Ball – Texas A&M University, Commerce
Melinda Boykin – Case Western Reserve University
Mark Conley – University of Washington
Lisa Deal – University of Florida
Tim Geary – Stowers Institute
Tony Hall – University of Missouri System
Thomas Hippchen – SUNY Central Procurement
Nichol Luoma – Arizona State University
Tim Maguire – UC Davis
Kevin Maloney – University of Pittsburgh
Paul Martin – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rosey Murton – Florida State University
Barry Swanson (Chair) – University of Kentucky
Sally McKechnie – Louisiana State University
Erin Riley – UCOP


The mission of the Strategic Sourcing Committee is to identify sourcing strategies and advocate collaborative business relationships that deliver maximum value to member institutions. Initiatives are borne directly from member recommendations, leading to the creation of dedicated strategy teams based upon specific commodity groups. Strategy teams are comprised of member volunteers with particular expertise in the selected commodity. Team members are dedicated to the development of current and future opportunities for institutional procurement of the recommended commodities.


  • Provide pro-active leadership in the endorsement and utilization of contracts
  • Assist in cultivating relationships with suppliers, members and member associations to identify new opportunities
  • Advocate socially responsible and environmentally friendly purchasing initiatives
  • Provide counsel and validation for sourcing opportunities


  • Identify, develop and cultivate strategic initiatives to support E&I’s membership
  • Simplify the purchasing process
  • Continue to expand the breadth and depth of E&I’s contract portfolio
  • Reduce the cost of doing business

Roles and Responsibilities

The committee shall assist in:

  • Data collection, spend analysis and benchmarking efforts
  • Communicating the E&I value proposition to members and suppliers

 The committee shall provide:

  • Counsel for E&I contracting and marketing teams
  • Assistance in staffing of RFP Teams

The committee shall participate in:

  • Early adoption, promotion and utilization of contracts
  • Presentations at Regional and other association meeting

Makeup and Structure

  • The committee shall consist of 12 representatives of E&I members
  • The committee will have the ability to identify and develop subject matter experts in sub-groups: bring in experts and cross-functional individuals, category office/Ad Hoc for specific projects
  • Representation of members based upon the selection criteria

Committee Structure

Selection Criteria/Requirements

  • Active, influential and leaders in Purchasing Cooperative and Strategic Sourcing
  • Regional representation from each of the 6 districts
  • Public/private/community/college representation
  • Size: small/medium/large representation

Who and when committee members decided

  • Who: Collaborative decision between the SSC and E&I
  • When: Meet twice per year – Winter/Summer schedule