As an agency of the State of Louisiana, Nicholls State University functions under the direction of the University of Louisiana System and the Division of Administration which are charged by legislative acts with the implementation of centralizing purchasing and property control.

The Purchasing Department, a division of the University Finance Office, is charged with the responsibility of lawfully conducting the purchasing functions in a manner which results in the greatest economic good for the University and the State. These functions shall be accomplished in accordance with ethical practices of the purchasing profession. The department is organized to serve and facilitate the objectives of the University, to make commitments in a legal, consistent and orderly fashion, and to foster a high standard of public relations within the University and with its suppliers and the public.