ODU Meeting Need by Offering For-Credit Graduate Procurement Programs

March 6, 2013

In a time of ever-tightening budgets for business, government and the military, cost savings are being sought in every aspect of operations. The field of procurement, or purchasing and contracting for goods, services and construction, represents an area where organizations will be tested to find efficiencies in a difficult financial climate.

Old Dominion University is filling the gap, offering one of the country's first for-credit, graduate-level procurement programs.

The program is headed by Stephen Gordon, a faculty member in the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration of ODU's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA), who joined the university in 2011 after more than 35 years as one of the country's leading experts in public procurement. He came to ODU from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, where he was a visiting research fellow and served as president and member of the board of directors . Previously, Gordon had been director of procurement for the city of Alexandria.

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