Business Office in Harrington Building


  • Paul Airozo, CPPO, Director Purchasing & Contracts (508) 830-5051
  • Cheryl Healy, Buyer (508) 830-5041 

Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions

What is Centralized Purchasing?

Centralized purchasing is a system by which the authority, responsibility and control of purchasing activities is concentrated in one administrative unit. At the Academy, the administrative unit that has such control is the purchasing department. As a public institution, the Academy is governed by the laws and regulations that pertain to purchasing in higher education as established by the Commonwealth and the Academy’s board of trustees. Centralized purchasing provides the checks and balances that are necessary to ensure that goods and services are purchased within such laws and regulations, from responsible sources and at the best possible prices.

What is Hybrid Purchasing?

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy, like all other members of the Commonwealth University system, utilizes a hybrid purchasing model. In the hybrid purchasing process the supplier selection and terms and pricing functions are performed by a centralized Purchasing Department. In addition to the THE ACADEMY Purchasing Department this includes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division (OSD), the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC), The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and  PACE (Partnership for Collaboration & Efficiencies).

Preparation of Purchase Requisitions and small dollar (including P-Card) purchases are decentralized as is the auditing of supplier and contractor invoices. The audit function is often performed by departmental faculty and staff who utilized the goods and services or by external entities as in the case of DCAMM and MSCBA through their contract manager.