We aspire to be a university that strengthens our communities—from the Pitt community, to our region and the world around us—by expanding engagements, enriching connections, and embracing a global perspective. We aspire to be a university that embodies diversity and inclusion as core values that enrich learning, scholarship, and the communities we serve.

Under the leadership of Chancellor Gallagher and consistent with the University’s new Strategic Plan:

  • The University will build upon our record of accomplishment and reputation as a world-class university.
  • As a place where pioneering research and academic achievement combine with holistic approaches to student engagement to provide outstanding educational experiences.

  • As a place engaged with alumni, private, public, government, and international partners on strategic initiatives that advance human understanding and achievement and build community strength.
  • And as a place enriched by its embrace of diversity and inclusion, its agility and entrepreneurial spirit, and the commitment and excellence of its people.

The Doing Business with Pitt program, delivered on December 2nd, 2015, involved the collaborative efforts of the University’s Purchasing Services & Customer Service, Facilities Management and Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence organizations. The program’s presentation is available to view and includes an overview of the involved departments, how to sell to a university, SBA certification programs, and the types of services and products that Pitt acquires.

The focus of the program was to:

  • reinforce the Chancellor’s focus on diversity and engagement with the community and the objective to be a major contributor to the economic advancement of the region
  • provide perspective on the range and magnitude of the material and services purchased by the University;
  • clarify the decentralized structure of the University and the effect that it has on the procurement process and those who wish to become suppliers;
  • provide information on and a point of contact within the Purchasing Services and Customer Service organization to facilitate the overall business process;

  • explain the process by which the University’s Facilities Management organization administers major construction and renovation projects, providing a key contact within the department and potential alternatives for participation in such projects as sub-contractors and other non-direct roles; and
  • presentation of a sales & marketing process and overall business approach for the small business person looking to do business, not only with the University but with any large customer, by focusing on the differentiated and  value-add service that the smaller partner is better positioned to deliver.


As a result of this program several smaller businesses have successfully become involved in the University supply chain and we are continuing to work with other participants to identify opportunities as a part of our objective of assisting with the improvement of internal supply chain processes and procedures as well as how to identify opportunities for successful integration into the supply chain of other large customers.