MCC spotlight: NAEP supplier diversity event

Professional development leaders at Metropolitan Community College played a key role at a summer conference, focusing on procuring the best and most diverse resources for higher education.

MCC Chancellor Mark James was the welcome speaker for the 2016 National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) Supplier Diversity Institute, held at the Embassy Suites in Kansas City July 31-Aug. 2.

Representatives from about 80 universities, community colleges and K-12 schools from around the country attended. Participants included directors of procurement, business officers, chief operating officers and supplier diversity leaders.

Chris Kelly, MCC program coordinator for supplier diversity, and co-chair of the host committee (along with Daryl Hodnett, director of the supplier diversity and small business development program at the University of Missouri) for the event, was pleased that James opened the conference as an “advocate for supplier diversity.”

“This was a great opportunity for him to show that although we are a two-year institution, we can compete alongside the four-year institutions,” Kelly says.

MCC was also a sponsor for an evening reception for the conference attendees at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Some photos from the event:

Leo Morton (left), UMKC chancellor, with MCC Chancellor Mark James
Leo Morton (left), UMKC chancellor, with MCC Chancellor Mark James
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Chris Kelly (left), MCC program coordinator for supplier diversity, with Mark James
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James welcomed attendees to the NAEP Supplier Diversity Institute.
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More than 120 people attended the national conference.
From the left, Chris Kelly with Britney Domann, MCC financial manager and Joseph Fountain, purchasing specialist at the Negro League Baseball Museum
MCC’s Chris Kelly with (from left) Britney Domann, MCC financial manager, and Joseph Fountain, purchasing specialist at the Negro League Baseball Museum

More about MCC’s role in higher education diversity procurement: 

“University Business” (August 2016):  universitybusiness.com/article/higher-ed-drives-economic-diversity

About NAEP:

The mission of the National Association of Educational Procurement is to facilitate the development, exchange and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within higher education and associated communities, through continuing education, networking, public information and advocacy.