UDC News

September 24, 2009


UDC Achieves Procurement Autonomy
Council Action Restores Purchasing Authority

Washington, DC - The DC Council this week voted unanimously to restore procurement autonomy to the University of the District of Columbia. The action is pending Council approval of a plan of rules and regulations that will be submitted by the university immediately.

In passing the measure, Council Chair Vincent C. Gray said he was “honored” to have played a part in helping UDC achieve another step toward complete independence.

“We are ecstatic over this action,” said UDC System President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms. “This allows us to move more quickly in putting in place the processes we need to make this university the great institution we envision.”

Sessoms indicated a plan would be presented to the council in the coming weeks that would define how the new authority would be managed.

“Specific controls will be put in place,” said Sessoms, “that will illustrate to the council our desire and ability to move through this process effectively and responsibly.”

Procurement autonomy has long been sought by the UDC administration as a key component of the transformation of the only public institution for higher learning in the nation’s capital. Over the last year, UDC has seen unprecedented change in the management of its physical property and in the strengthening of its programs.


The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371