Loomis wins two national procurement awards


NORTH EAST, Md. – Cecil College proudly announces that Diane Loomis has received two national awards for her work as the institution’s procurement manager. She is the 2022 recipient of the Sterling Agency Award from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and the 2023 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). Loomis was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2020.

Procurement involves obtaining the goods and services Cecil College requires to support its daily operations. These functions include sourcing, contract negotiations, providing guidance, advice and counseling to stakeholders, asset management, receiving and inspecting goods, and maintaining a comprehensive purchase requisition and contract database.

“I appreciate the College’s commitment to providing professional development opportunities to its employees. The knowledge I have gained through the CPPO and the NIGP-CPP certification process is invaluable,” said Loomis.

The Sterling Agency Award is an advanced level of recognition reserved for agencies that apply for and achieve Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Agency Certification Award recognition for three consecutive years.

“We are proud of Diane’s dedication and achievements,” said Cecil College Controller Craig Whiteford. “It’s advantageous for our college and those that do business with us to have a certified professional working to improve the college’s operations.”

Through its Agency Certification Award program, UPPCC identifies organizations that have earned the distinguished and unique honor of achieving and maintaining a high percentage of UPPCC-certified staff. As the College’s sole procurement employee, Loomis has maintained her certification.

The NAEP Distinguished Service Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the institution, higher education community, profession, and association. They are champions not only of the profession but of creating value for their campus and community by leveraging procurement to pursue new initiatives, lead others, and create value for their students, faculty, and administration.


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