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Thoughts on My Presidency,
Leadership, Disney, and Kindness

by Nichol Luoma
Arizona State University
his year, the theme
of NAEP's annual
conference-held in
Orlando, Florida
(April 8-11)-was
"Innovating for Impact;
a World of Opportunities." Disney's
founder, Walt Disney, was well known
for instilling a culture that valued
innovation. Walt Disney famously
said, "Times and conditions change
so rapidly that we must keep our aim
constantly focused on the future."
I love this association, and Arizona

State University is a long-time
supporter of NAEP; I am the fourth
CPO from ASU elected to serve as
President. I am proud to say that I
chose to stay in higher education,
in large part, due to my introduction
to NAEP and its membership
(you) five years ago when I left
private industry. This association
demonstrates best practices
through its amazing professional
development opportunities, and
it facilitates collaboration and
camaraderie among us members.
Many of us are seeing changes at our
institutions as the macroeconomic
environment is changing in higher
education. I believe procurement can
play a strategic role in support of the
broader mission and visions of our
respective institutions.
Many of you know we are just
beginning the search for our next
CEO. Higher education and NAEP
are at a strategic inflection point,
and you have told us that we need to
seek out an individual who will help

University Business Services (UBS) Leadership
Back: Leon Igras, Environmental, Health and Safety; Allen Clark, Preparedness
and Security Initiatives; Donna Pearcy, Risk Management. Middle: Mick Dalrymple,
Sustainability Practices; Jamon Hill, Supply Chain; Mike Kingery, Fiscal & Business
Operations; Jim Dwyer, Auxiliary Business Services. Front: Melinda Alonzo, Parking
and Transit; Lynn Crystal, Communications, Planning and Development;
Nichol Luoma, UBS AVP; Monica McBee, UBS Executive Assistant.
PHOTO: ELAINE KESSLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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us innovate within our profession
and prepare us to support changes
within our institutions. In addition
to the CEO search, I will be looking
for leaders to step up regionally and
nationally to help our future CEO
move our organization forward.
Finally, I am always on the lookout for
talented individuals with the potential
for leadership to come to Arizona
State University. Clearly, the concept
of leadership and the qualities of
a good leader are a top priority
for me right now. Leadership is an
important, but somewhat individual
concept. We all care about and value
different things. In my career, I have
had the opportunity to observe many
individuals in leadership positions.
This does not necessarily mean that
these individuals have role-modeled
leadership in my eyes. In some
cases, they have taught me what not
to do. When I think of leadership, I
think of the following:
Leaders:
*	lead their teams to achieve
innovative results by guiding,
coaching and developing;
*	value collaboration, but carefully
balance this with high-velocity
decision making;
*	seek diverse opinions, foster
an environment of respectful
disagreement, but will ultimately
make the decision when
necessary;
*	value diversity and understand
that building a diverse team is a
competitive advantage;
*	truly listen to their constituents and
know how to distill this feedback
into a call to action;
*	are true to their moral compass
and demonstrate high ethics;
*	give credit to their team and will
often selflessly step away from the
spotlight to shine the light on the
team, knowing the team's success



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018

Professional Development Notes
NAEP President Nichol Luoma
Research and Development RFP: Procurement Assists with Innovation
Training, Testing, and Incentives
Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
Certification: Which One Are You?
Evolution or Revolution? Campus Cards: Time for a New Business Model
Book Review: Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time—Part Nine
Best and Final: Procurement: How the Torch Gets Passed
Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - intro
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover1
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover2
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 3
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 4
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 5
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Professional Development Notes
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 7
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - NAEP President Nichol Luoma
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 9
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Research and Development RFP: Procurement Assists with Innovation
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 11
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 12
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 13
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 14
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 15
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Training, Testing, and Incentives
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 17
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 19
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Certification: Which One Are You?
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 21
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Evolution or Revolution? Campus Cards: Time for a New Business Model
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 23
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Book Review: Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time—Part Nine
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 26
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 27
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Best and Final: Procurement: How the Torch Gets Passed
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 29
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover3
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover4
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