Department of Purchasing and Travel


The Purchasing and Travel Department mission is to provide and manage the most effective and efficient procurement processes and procedures for the acquisition of quality goods and services in support of the Jackson State University mission and goals. Primary consideration is to provide the best possible quality goods and services to our constituents’ at the most cost-effective rate

Purchasing and Travel is “service oriented” to support campus buyers and users with the best procurement, negotiation, financial and informational resources; and to provide qualified suppliers/service providers/vendors with open and fair access to campus business.

The department is responsible for procuring all necessary materials needed for production or daily operation of the university, oversees all of the vendors that supply the university with the items it needs to operate properly and arranges, manages and supervise all university travel, provide campus education and training relating to the policies, procedures, automated systems operation, expand the scope of the purchasing function assuring that all departments are following purchasing policies and procedures in an effective manner.


Contact Our Staff

Paula Nelson Purchasing Manager 601-979-0978
LaTonya Butler Purchasing Agent 601-979-0702
Stephanie Weekly Travel Coordinator 601-979-0699
Kizmet Davis-Esco Travel Coordinator 601-979-0869
Dana Body Purchasing and Travel Assistant 601-979-0696


Location:          H. P. Jacobs Administration Tower, 4th Floor
Office:  (601) 979-0696​
Hours of Operation:     Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.​