Purchasing is dedicated to providing and managing for our customers the most effective and efficient procurement processes and procedures for the acquisition of quality goods and services in support of Essex County College’s mission and goals. 

Purchasing 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. 

Denis Williams

Denise Williams has over eighteen years of leading Procurement Teams in various industries with annual spending of over $2B. She grew the supplier diversity programs, trained vendors, and internal personnel.

Denise Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Business Administration and Accountancy from Saint Peter’s University. She is a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) for the state of New Jersey, Registered Public Purchasing Official (RPPO), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD)  and she holds a Diploma level certification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS).

Essex County College Purchasing Department is dedicated to providing the best possible, highest quality service to all of our constituents, both internal and external.  Purchasing works to create an environment that enhances productivity while providing varying levels of opportunity and ensuring a high quality of service. 

  1. Maximize customer satisfaction through effective and cooperative relationships with our internal and external customers. 
  2. Maximize cost containment, acquisition savings and revenue generation potential.
  3. Provide campus education and training relating to the policies, procedures, automated systems operation, processes and regulations related to the acquisition of products and services.
  4. Promote a positive, efficient and effective work environment.
  5. Implement, promote and maintain sound business practices and auditable procedures.
  6. Instill public confidence that contracts are awarded in an equitable and economical manner.