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Office of Business Contracts

About University and State Contracts

The Office of Business Contracts is a unit of UTHSC Office of Finance. The mission of the Office of Business Contracts is to serve the campus community by providing quality and timely contractual and related accounts payable and accounts receivable services. This office serves as an information source for the campus community and external agencies regarding contract services.

Submit Pre-Approval IT Request

ITS reviews all hardware, software, and technical systems prior to their purchase to ensure they comply with the technical and cybersecurity standards of the University of Tennessee, UTHSC, and applicable government regulations. ITS partners with the sponsor and vendor of a product/service to collect information about intended use, the criticality of any data that it stores or generates, and technical requirements. The review typically takes about two weeks to complete, but depends upon the timely response of the vendor. Once the review is complete, ITS notifies the sponsor and the Office of Procurement or Contracts Office (if applicable) to proceed with purchase. If a product/service is deemed insufficient in meeting applicable standards, ITS will attempt to work with the vendor to remediate. If remediation is not possible, ITS will recommend not to purchase and assist in finding a viable alternative as necessary.



Trent Pitts


Brack Henderson
Assistant Director


India Biddle
Accounting Assistant
Accounts Payable


Laura DeFries
Financial Specialist
Billing and Accounts Receivable


April Phetteplace
Accounting Assistant
Accounts Payable


Sandra Pulliam



Oct 24, 2023