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Procurement Services

This department administers purchasing activities for the university organization. Procurement transactions include commodities, equipment, software, furnishings, construction/renovation, and professional/artistic services. Procurement operations also include administration of the commercial credit card (P-card) program, rules and procedures of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Minority and Female Business Enterprise Act, and coordination of purchases with the Illinois Procurement Policies Board.

All purchasing activities for the University community are governed by the Illinois State Procurement Code, effective July 1, 1998, and the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer, effective November 20, 1998 as well as University policies and regulations. See Illinois Laws Governing Procurement.

While there are many larger purchases that require the use of the Sealed Bid or Request for Proposal procedures, there are also many other orders for items which local vendors may be able to provide. Smaller dollar purchases may use some other competitive selection process. The type of purchase establishes the dollar threshold for an order requiring the use of the formal bidding process, as follows:

  • For Professional and artistic services:
  • For purchases of commodities, equipment and supplies:
    Greater than $80,000 as of September 01, 2016
  • For construction-type work: 
    Greater than $100,000 as of September 01, 2016
  • For Architect/Engineering work:
  • For Real property and Capital Improvement leases:
    $100,000 or more (or 10,000 Sq. ft. or greater)
  • Other exceptions granted to Universities: Contact Procurement

On Line Forms

On Line Forms

Purchase Requisition Form and Other Forms and Information

Business Enterprise

Business Enterprise Program

Find businesses owned and controlled by Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities

Procurement Staff Updates

Antoinette Bridges, Associate Director of Contract Management

Dr. Antoinette Bridges has served in several senior acquisition leadership roles for the Federal government (Department of Defense and non-DoD agencies) for more than 25 years prior to joining NIU as Associate Director of Contract Administration. During her Federal tenure, Dr. Bridges was responsible for management, oversight, and compliance of the acquisition life cycle; including contract award, administration, and close out. She also provided oversight and administration of the Federal socio-economic programs and outreach opportunities. She is the recipient of 12 leadership awards.

Dr. Bridges received her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland and her Doctor of Management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Bridges is an adjunct professor with an expertise in government contracting, project management, supply management, leadership, organizational behavior, and grants proposals and management.

Norma Sutton, Associate Director of Contract Management

Norma Sutton comes to NIU from the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services where she was the Agency Procurement Officer. She has also worked in procurement for other State Agencies including the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Finance Authority. She is a certified public purchasing officer.

Prior to coming to the State of Illinois, Norma worked as an attorney working for non-profit, public and private corporations where she advised entrepreneurs and business managers on various corporate contracts, employment and compliance matters.

Norma is an attorney. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University (Chicago) and a Masters from Governor State University.