Contact Purchasing

The Purchasing Department is located on the 2nd floor of Mitchell Hall. The mailing address is:

Central Washington University
Purchasing Department, MS 7480
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7480

The general department phone number is 509-963-1002 and our fax number is extension 1623. The Purchasing Department hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.


The Purchasing Staff:

  • Communicates State and University purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Provides expertise in the acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment and services.
  • Ensures timely acquisitions' of goods and services.
  • Develops sources of supply.
  • Reviews requisitions, specifications and suggested sources of supply.
  • Receives, analyzes and awards competitive bids on requests for goods and services totaling $10,000–$100,000.
  • Establishes contracts through competitive bid process on items and services used repetitively.
  • Provides assistance and direction to departments in settling disputes with suppliers arising from purchase transactions.
  • Provides follow-up services on outstanding orders and resolves any problems that may arise.
  • Refers information about new and improved products to departments using those products.
  • Provides sources and pricing information to University departments.
  • Administers Purchasing Card program.
  • Coordinates equipment/furniture leasing/rentals/purchase.
  • Assists departments in returning purchased items.

For more information, please review Purchasing 101 training guide

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