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Finance and Administration

 New Director, New name for Purchasing Services

 By:  Jeffery Seay

The Division of Finance and Administration has named Ian Robbins director of Procurement Services.

As his first order of business, Robbins changed the name of the office from Purchasing Services to more accurately reflect its mission.

In his position as director, Robbins is overseeing the procurement of all goods and services for the university, as well as strategic sourcing and the Supplier Diversity Program. In addition, he is responsible for developing and implementing procurement strategies and policies designed to streamline processes, reduce cost and improve service. 

Ian Robbins

“We’re excited to have Ian Robbins as part of the team and to tap into his knowledge and experience," said Eric Algoe, associate vice president for Finance and Administration. “He brings a national reputation as one of the top leaders in the procurement of goods and services.”

Before coming to Florida State, Robbins served as the director of Procurement Services at the University of Montana, where he unified and transformed its procure-to-pay organization from reactionary and tactical to having a proactive and strategic focus with a positive customer experience. Through his development of strategy, vision and the leveraging of industry-leading practices, Robbins realized nearly $4 million in savings for the University of Montana in two years. 

Prior to his experience at the University of Montana, Robbins worked at Smith & Nephew Inc., a leading medical device manufacturer. There he was responsible for more than $140 million in spending as a category manager of Global Procurement. 

Robbins, who served for more than 14 years as an aviation officer in the Army in a variety of leadership roles, holds a degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point



Finance and Administration 2014 Service Awards

Florida State University's  F & A department, which represents over 1,300 employees, held their annual employee recognition day on June 6, 2014.  While it was a great day of fun and fellowship, it was also a day to recognize those employees who go above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to FSU.  The winners of the 2014 Service Awards are:


Service With a Smile--Recognizes an employee who consistently exhibits a friendly and positive image for the division.

      Jason McVey
      Amy Fox
      Siobhan Brantley

Extra Mile--Recognizes an employee who performs in an extraordinary manner and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate the needs of the department or division.

       Sean Mitchell
       Amber Wagner
       Cecil Williams

S.T.A.R.(Saving Time And Resources)--Recognizes an employee who seeks innovative ways to more efficiently meet the needs of the University while reducing the amount of time and/or resources needed to accomplish the goal.

     Amanda LaForge
     Andrew Kapec
     Clayton Aguilar

Unsung Hero--Recognizes an employee who exhibits superior work performance, while exemplifying a positive and cooperative attitude on a day to day "behind the scenes" basis without being spotlighted.

     Keith Tolbert
     Jason Harris
     Gail Friedrich

Rookie of the Year--Recognizes an employee who is in a new position or is new to the Division and performed in an extraordinary manner or made an outstanding contribution to a department

    Chance Brown
    Amanda O'Connell
    Missy Bolen

 The Collaborators--Recognizes two or more employees in the division involved in a program or project that has a positive impact on the University and/or assists the University in achieving its mission. This year was a real team effort with many employees joining together to make a difference:

Visual Arts UBA Solid Waste and Recycling
Kathy Bailey Willie Wiggins
Rob Berg  Gene Brown
Heather Forlong  Tony Collins
Sheri Patton  Ricky Cromartie
Jasmine Johnson  Trey Gowdy
Anna Singleton  Austin Hester
Elizabeth Major  Amaziah Jackson
Cassandra Rayne  Robert Jackson (Toot)
Deb Alexander  Jeffery King
Rosie Zindler  Elijah Knight
Sarah Miller  Danny Luck
Hilary Passo Johnny Miller
Lauren Snyder Cornell Morgan
  Lawrence Pijeaux
  Lawrence Robinson
  Eric Swatts
  Randy Wright