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The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) is a nonprofit purchasing consortium established in 1977.

In 1975, the Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, formed a Management Task Force consisting of 65 specialists and administrators. The Task Force recommended the formation of a buyers’ consortium encompassing all of the Commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education. Governor Dukakis accepted the recommendation and ordered steps be taken to create a buyers consortium.

This action by Governor Dukakis led to the formation in 1975 of a Committee to Improve Buying Procedures for State Institutions of Higher Education. The Committee was composed of individuals engaged in purchasing activities for the University of Massachusetts and other state educational institutions. The Committee worked for the next two years to create the buyers’ consortium mandated by Governor Dukakis, and the culmination of the Committee’s efforts resulted in the creation of the MHEC in 1977. The task of following in the mission of the task force was completed by Jake Bishop, Director of Procurement at UMass Amherst at the time. Jake Bishop was the inspiring leader of the MHEC until his retirement in 2008.

The initial membership of the MHEC was comprised of Massachusetts public institutions of higher education as well as a few private Colleges known as the Five Colleges, Inc buying group. These included Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The goal was to provide and manage contracts for goods and services using group buying best practices for its member institutions. Currently our New England members include public and private colleges and universities, municipalities, the State College Building Authority, The Museum of Fine Arts, WGBH public television, The Massachusetts Trial Courts and Elderhostel.

**Please reference Massachusetts General Law Chapter – Chapter 15A: Section 24A. Cooperative purchasing; Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium Mission.

Member Title Organization

Gary Duggan

Director of Procurement and Administrative Services Westfield State University

Jannelvy Martinez

Purchasing Agent City of Lawrence

Jeff DiCiaccio

Director of Strategic Procurement Harvard Medical School, Office of Finance

Michael Durkin

Director of Strategic Procurement University of Massachusetts – Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST)

Michael LaGrassa

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services UMass Dartmouth

Natasha Bizanos

Director of Procurement and Contracts Framingham State University

Ralph Johnson

Executive Director of Campus Operations Amherst College

Tammy Tefft

Chief Procurement Officer City of Westfield

Thomas Watkins

Business Manager Newburyport Department of Public Services

Mary Delaney

Chief Procurement Officer City of Fitchburg