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Procurement Services manages and streamlines procurement and payables functions for the UNT System campuses (University of North Texas, UNT Health Science Center, UNT Dallas and UNT System Administration).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Procurement and Payment Service Department is to support the University of North Texas System’s mission of transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education by administering the procurement of and payment for goods and services acquired by the University of North Texas System in compliance with applicable Federal, State and local guidance and in a timely and accurate manner providing the highest quality and cost-effective services.


The vision of Procurement and Payment Services is to be a best in class organization who carries out our mission always exhibiting our core values; integrity, professionalism, continuous improvement, timeliness, and superior customer service.

Leadership Team

Ron Brade
Verron "Ron" Brade
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Sourcing & Chief Procurement Officer

Ron Brade joined the University of North Texas System in October 2020 after 29 years working for the federal government, most recently serving as the Associate Center Director for the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s “Silicon Valley.” He provides strategic direction, leadership and supervision of strategic sourcing, contracts management, procure-to-pay functions, and the Historically Underutilized Business program across UNT System. He implemented an organizational restructuring of UNT System’s procurement operation designed to create sustainable efficiencies that will help to counter the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University, a master’s in public administration concentrating in Procurement and Contracting from George Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s prestigious Senior Executive Fellows Program.

Shelley Pavero
Director for Purchasing and Accounts Payable
Jon Rascon
Jon Rascon
Director for Acquisition Center of Excellence
Greg Obar
Greg Obar
Senior Director for Strategic Sourcing & HUB Coordinator

Greg Obar leads strategic sourcing, contracts management and Historically Underutilized Business Program on behalf of the UNT System’s three campuses and UNT System Administration. Greg brings 30 years of experience leading people and managing processes to his role at the UNT System. Prior to joining the UNT System, Greg served 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including more than 10 years overseas, during which he served in a variety of roles including infantry, military intelligence and human resources officer. Greg holds master's degrees in Management & Leadership and Human Resources Development, and is a Certified Texas Contract Developer and Contract Manager.