Staff Directory

Procurement Services consists of Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Travel, Contracts, Receiving and Property Accounting offices. Below is the general assignment of responsibilities to our personnel. These may vary from time to time depending upon the workload and personnel reassignments.


Director of Procurement & Contract Services

Steve Ballew, 601.266.4131


Contract Services

Jacob Cochran, Associate Director of Procurement & Contract Services, 601.266.6904
  • USM Contracted Service Management - Bookstore, Dining, Science Storeroom, Auxiliaries
  • Post Office & Vending, Photo Services, Image Center


Heather Hendrix, Buyer, 601.266.4133
, Buyer, 601.266.4132
Jo Berry, Vendor Maintenance Specialist, 601.266.4135
  • New Vendor Entry and Vendor Maintenance
  • Procurement Card Review
  • Resolve Inquiry


Heather Kihyet, Purchasing Clerk, 601.266.4131
  • Purchase Order Processing
  • Purchase Order Inquiry
  • Filing
  • Mail



Accounts Payable & Travel

Shelia Sims, Manager Accounts Payable & Travel, 601.266.5668
  • 1099 Misc
  • Petty Cash
  • A/P & Travel Problem Resolution
Angela Thomson, Accounts Payable Specialist, 601.266.6310
  • Remittance Voucher Entry
  • Employee Reimbursement
  • Wire Transfers
Sandra Howard, Accounts Payable Specialist, 601.266.4098
  • Invoice Entry Hattiesburg Campus PO's Vendors A-L
  • Invoice Entry All Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • PO's
Gwen Hill, Accounts Payable Specialist, 601.266.4061
  • Invoice Entry Hattiesburg Campus PO's Vendors M-Z
  • Invoice Entry All Gulf Coast Campus PO's
Rayonne Grant, Travel Coordinator, 601.266.4038
  • Foreign travel, Athletics, Group travel w/students
  • Permission to Travel, Advances, Exception advances
  • Travel Deposits, Collections, Payroll Deductions
  • Travel General Ledger issues, Forms, Website, Vehicle Contract Issue
  • Travel Policy Issues
Nicky Harrison, Assistant Travel Coordinator, 601.266.5953
  • A-Z Domestic Travel Vouchers
  • A-Z Domestic Travel Error Sheets


Property Control

Physical Address: USM Property Control Division 2609 West 4th Street Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Mailing Address: USM Property Control Division 118 College Drive# 5086 Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Fax: 601.266.6137
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


Donnie Robbins, Property Control Manager, 601.266.4302

Bill Bailey, Property Accounting Supervisor, 601.266.4439

Charles Thompson, Senior Property Clerk, 601.266.6274

Becky Riles, Inventory Clerk, 601.266.4658



Other Areas

Michael Moss, Business Analyst, 601.266.6491
  • Liaison for the Controller’s Office and Procurement Services with iTech
  • SOARFIN production issues resolution
  • SOARFIN Data Management
  • Business reporting and processing enhancements
  • System Process Review
Cathy Catchot, Purchasing Manager Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 228-872-4245
  • GCLAB Purchasing and Receiving