Purchasing Office


Our Vision

We will provide valued customer service using business best practices to improve process, maximize purchasing effectiveness, and safeguard the College’s resources.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing a full range of purchasing services to ensure efficient and timely acquisition of quality goods and services, creating optimum value and promoting financial stewardship in support of the College’s mission. 

Our Values

  • Engaging the College community with respect and dignity, using a team approach to collaborate.
  • Communicating, training, and increasing the professional development within the College community regarding improved purchasing processes, College policy and procedure, and business best practices, utilizing competitive bidding and contracted pricing.
  • Instilling public confidence that contracts are awarded in an equitable and economical manner.
  • Increasing awareness of civic and social responsibility by incorporating concepts such as environmental sustainability and supplier diversity and inclusion into purchasing decisions.
  • Creating highly effective supplier partnerships and alliances.
  • Supporting safety and risk management.

Swarthmore College is a member of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and follows NAEP's Code of Ethics.