The mission of the Office of Purchasing is to provide management oversight and to facilitate Xavier University purchasing processes in order to promote integrity, economy, effectiveness, and accountability; and to provide sourcing, bidding, and troubleshooting assistance to University departments or organizations.

The Office of Purchasing seeks to develop mutually beneficial business relationships with suppliers capable of delivering Best Total Value.

Best Total Value is driven by University business needs and includes a number of components, including: total cost of ownership, quality of goods or services, supplier's reputation for responsiveness and service, minority business enterprise (MBE) or historically underutilized business (HUB) ownership, local area supplier, sustainability, and supplier's willingness to share risk and provide technical resources.