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Purcell earns CPPO credential

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    LaDonna Purcell

Morehead State University’s LaDonna Purcell, director of support services, has been notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned recognition from the UPPCC by receiving the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credential.

Purcell was among 130 professionals who successfully completed the CPPO examination held in October 2013. Established in 1964, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of governmental administration.

“Earning a professional certification designation goes a long way in ensuring trust and credibility in the public procurement process,” said Beth Patrick, chief financial officer and vice president for administration. “An achievement such as this reflects commitment to the profession and experience that supports best practices here at MSU.”

To date, just 2,439 procurement professionals nationwide have achieved this accomplished status. To become certified as a CPPO, candidates must demonstrate that they meet specific requirements, including formal education, procurement related coursework/training, public procurement experience and functional management experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals.  The CPPO certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency in public procurement.

A native of Mason County, she received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from MSU and is a graduate of the President’s Leadership Academy.  She earned the CPPB (Certified Public Procurement Buyer) credential from UPPCC in May 2013.  She has been employed in procurement positions for 15 years.

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