Inaugural Buying Blue Community of Practice Event

Mar 22, 2023 | News

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Buying Blue, a new UM-wide initiative to promote best practices, create efficiencies, and maximize resources on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine campuses. As part of this initiative, we invite you to join a new Community of Practice—a campus-driven forum to build community and share purchasing-related knowledge.

The first Community of Practice event will take place—virtually—on April 14, 2023 from 10 to 11 am and cover a variety of procurement-related topics, such as future initiatives and priorities. It will also feature a number of speakers, including Brian Smith, associate vice president for finance, Pam Gabel, assistant vice president–Shared Services Center, and Tally Thrasher, U-M’s recently appointed chief procurement officer.

All U-M employees are welcome to register for this event and can also sign up to receive information about the Community of Practice and future events via MCommunity. We look forward to seeing you in April and appreciate your help in shaping this new community!

Register for the Buying Blue Community of Practice event here.

If you have any questions about Buying Blue or our upcoming Community of Practice event, please email [email protected]


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Phone: (734) 764-8212, prompt 2
Fax: (734) 615-6235


Customer service is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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7071 Wolverine Tower
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1282
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