U named 2017 Corporation of the Year by North Central MSDC

Friday, September 29, 2017

The University of Minnesota was recently named the “2017 Corporation of the Year” by the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council. This recognition is a reflection of the vision of the University’s Board of Regents decision to develop policy for the creation of a Supplier Diversity program in November 1996.

Over the past 24 months, the U has experienced impressive growth in its Supplier Diversity program. In FY 2017/2017 the University saw $11.2 million increase in the utilization of businesses owned by women, minorities and disabled suppliers over FY 2015/2016. The total dollars spent with those diverse suppliers in FY 2016/2017 totaled more than $82.5 million.

Read the full news release here.

Photo caption: The University of Minnesota accepted the award on September 21st at U.S. Bank Stadium. From left to right: Jerry Fulmer, Vice President of Supplier Diversity, Wisconsin Energy Corporation & the Chairman of NCMSDC Board of Directors; Robert Harper, TGB Program Associate, U of M OBCED; Timothy Bray, Director of Purchasing Services, U of M; Sharon Banks, Senior Project Manager, U of M OBCED; Darryl A. Peal, Executive Director, U of M OBCED; Dr. Brian Burnett, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations; Dr. Shakeer Abdullah, U of M Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity; John Taylor, Director of Supplier Diversity, Medtronic & NMSDC Board Member & Chair of OBOF Awards Luncheon; Jodie Tanaka, CEO of Tempo Creative Consultants & MBEIC Chair of NCMSDC; Heather Olson, Interim President & CEO of NCMSDC. Photo Credit: KCPHOTOS


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