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Central Purchasing


About Us

The Central Purchasing Department is responsible for procurement of goods and services for the entire university, including Uptown West, Uptown East (Academic Health Center) and Reading Campuses, UC Blue Ash, and UC Clermont. Expenditures exceed three hundred and twenty five million dollars annually.

Since the university must provide for administrative, academic, medical, research, and individual student needs, almost every product and service imaginable is purchased.  The University of Cincinnati will continue to follow the procurement requirement of OMB Circular A-110 and will utilize the grace period allowed in the Uniform Guidance.


(2/21/17) Travel website

For more information about travel, visit the new Travel Website.

(7/28/16) Lost Purchasing Card PIN number?

Many retailers are updating their Credit Card processors and now require use of personal identification number (PIN) to charge a University Purchasing Card. If your original PIN mailer was discarded, lost, or never received, your PIN can be obtained by clicking here and following the listed steps to recover your number.

How We Work

The University of Cincinnati is a state institution with its own Board of Trustees. Much of what UC buys is competitively bid. Generally, bidding is conducted electronically (phone, fax, email) for small dollar purchases, and in writing for larger requirements. Buyers select prospective bidders in a number proportionate to each expenditure, ordinarily choosing firms that they evaluate as offering a maximum effort in competition and service. At fifty thousand dollars, advertisements are placed in two local newspapers. As a state institution, UC is privileged to use State contracts. The university also participates in joint purchase agreements with the State Universities Council, the City of Cincinnati, and others.

Location, Directions and Hours

Mailing address:

Purchasing Department
University Of Cincinnati
PO Box 210089
Cincinnati OH 45221-0089

Hand delivery address:

Purchasing Department
University of Cincinnati
Room 320, University Hall
51 Goodman Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0089

Internal mail location:  0089

General inquiries:   513-556-6742


University Hall is located adjacent to the College of Nursing (Procter Hall). From East bound Martin Luther King Drive, turn left onto Vine Street and then right at the first light onto Goodman Drive. From West bound Martin Luther King Drive, turn right onto Vine Street and then right at the first light onto Goodman Drive. University Hall is the first building on the right. Central Purchasing is located in suite 320.

Our printable Medical Campus map provides a more detailed view of the Medical Campus.


  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Closed on UC Holidays
  • 513-556-5262
University Hall, University of Cincinnati


  • Thomas B. Guerin
    Assoc. VP & Director of Purchasing & Materiel Management Services  
  • Cindy Franklin
    Assistant to the Director  
  • Chad Anton
    Assistant Director, Business Affairs  
  • Brian McDaniel
    E-Procurement Functional System Admin
  • Julia Burns
    Financial Administrator II




S - Computers - hardware, software and supplies, Consultants (IT-related), Postage, Theatrical equipment and supplies, Paper (office and print shop), Printing services, Office machines, equipment, and supplies. Cable TV, Audio Visual equipment, supplies, and services, Telecommunications equipment, supplies and services, Copiers, Printers, Bulk mail services.
(Term contract number series 500-599)

B - Construction - projects and trades work, Architect and engineering equipment and services, Signage, Moving services, Insurance - health and dental, (accounting, auditing, legal services), Elevators, Electricity, gas, energy, Exterminating services, Carpet and Flooring.  (Term contract number series 800-899)


L - Hotels and lodging - Travel Agency, Vehicles (cars, trucks, buses) - rentals and leases, Air charters, Sporting goods and recreation equipment, Grants and sponsored programs, Janitorial products - supplies and services, Ad dues - memberships publications and subscriptions. (Term contract number series 600-799)





A - Contingent Labor - temporary office, temporary unskilled labor, payroll services, Consultants (non-IT), Speakers - classes, seminars, Athletic agreements, Entertainment, Furniture - office and non-office, Long Distance and communication services, Microfilming - document imaging services, Musical instruments. 

M - Lab and scientific equipment and suppplies, Industrial/Research gases, Radioactive isotopes, Medical equipment and supplies, Animals - feed and vet supplies, Drugs and pharmaceuticals. 

  • Cheryl A. Smith
    Director of Contract Compliance
    (Term contract number series 900-999)
  • Carol Moran-Roundtree
    Sr. Analyst (Lab & Medical Supplies)  
    (Term contract number series 400-499)