March 7, 2006
The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) recently selected Tom Fogarty of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, to serve as its regional president for Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The association, formerly known as the National Association of Educational Buyers, is dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers in the United States and Canada. NAEP facilitates the development, exchange and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within higher education and associated communities, through continuing education, networking, public information and advocacy. Currently, more than 1,500 colleges and universities are NAEP members.

Fogarty, executive director of business and auxiliary services, oversees the college's purchasing and mail departments, the bookstore and regional bookstores, as well as the food service contracts and Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop, located at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

As regional president for NAEP, Fogarty will promote the association by marketing its membership benefits to the local community.

"Because a large part of the membership is from four-year institutions, I believe I can provide a different perspective coming from a community college as to how local businesses can work with us," said Fogarty, who believes NAEP is an invaluable information resource when determining what other colleges and institutions are doing in the field of procurement. He also plans to attract local high schools to the association as associate members.

Fogarty, a resident of Mechanicsburg, holds a bachelor's degree in business finance from Central Connecticut State University. He has served HACC for more than six years, previously as director of purchasing.

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