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


Deidre Edwards, Buyer, 601.266.4132

Books and Instructional Supplies; Contract Services, Physical Plant and Residence Life Purchases (Appliances, Carpet, Hardware, Food Service Equipment, Janitorial and Laundry Supplies, Tools, etc.); Dues; Food; Subscriptions; Athletic Equipment and Supplies

Heather Kihyet, Buyer, 601.266.4133

Equipment Rental Contracts (Copiers, etc.); Consultant Payment and Reimbursements; Insurance; Maintenance Contracts; Personal Service Agreements; Printing and related items (Advertisements, Awards and Trophies, Binding, Novelty Items, Printing and Clothing); State Contract Office Supplies; Paper and Paper Products; Printer Ink, Toner and Maintenance Kits; Scientific Equipment and Supplies; Marine Equipment and Supplies; Sole Source purchases


Jessica Turner, Buyer, 601.266.5174

Workflow Requisition Entry and Approval Training; Drugs and Pharmaceuticals; Music and Musical Instruments; Audio/Visual Equipment; Computer Hardware; Computer Software; Fax Machines; Standing Orders; Telecommunications Equipment; Vehicles and Related Supplies (Batteries, Fuelman, Tires, etc.); Furniture; Medical Equipment and Supplies; Sole Source purchases


Jo Berry, Vendor Maintenance Specialist, 601.266.4135

  • New Vendor Entry and Vendor Maintenance
  • Procurement Card Review
  • Resolve Inquiry


Purchasing Clerk, 601.266.4131



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

Columesia Graham, Assistant Travel Coordinator, 601.266.5953

  • A-Z Domestic Travel Vouchers
  • A-Z Domestic Travel Error Sheets


Saundra Garnand, Procurement Card Administrator, 601.266.6711


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


Procurement General

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