The Procurement Office is located in the Stokes Administration Building Room 102, East Palmetto Street, Florence, S.C. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays. The Purchasing Office is closed on Fridays during the summer months.
Office Telephone: (843) 661-1160 Office Facsimile: (843) 661-1165
If you have questions or wish to schedule a meeting with our staff, please give us a call.
Competition: The Procurement Office is required by law to obtain competition for purchase of supplies, equipment and services. The S.C. Consolidated Procurement Code governs the expenditure of all funds regardless of source unless specifically exempted. The Procurement Office will adhere to and abide by the Procurement Code and its implementing regulations.
Assistance From Vendors: The Procurement Office or other University personnel may request vendor input, skills or expertise in researching a need for products or services, but State law requires that all vendors be given equal opportunity to compete for University business when that need is determined. State law also strictly prohibits employees from accepting direct or indirect gifts, payments or any other object of value from vendors, even though the gesture may be honorable or a customary practice of the vendor.
Certification: The Office of General Services of the Budget and Control Board has certified Francis Marion University to make direct purchases of up to $200,000 for goods/services, $100,000 for construction, consultant services and $150,000 for information technology.
Authority: The Vice President for Business Affairs, Director of Purchasing, and designated procurement officers are the only persons authorized to bind Francis Marion University except as delegated under the purchasing card program.
A purchase order constitutes a contract binding the University and the supplier.
Taxes: The University is not an exempt entity and is required to pay S.C. sales taxes.
Minority Business Enterprises: The University supports efforts in assisting minority owned businesses to develop and promote balanced economic and community growth. We encourage those businesses to contact either us or the Governor's Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance in Columbia at (803) 734-0657 with any questions you may have concerning those efforts.