Purchasing Authority

Delegation of Signature Authority

The bylaws of the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University authorize the President to execute contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Consistent with Article 11 of the Bylaws, the President may also grant signature authority to other specific administrators.

The Delegation of Signature Authority memorandum—also available in the Manual of Business Procedures (MBP) Section 270—lists who has been granted authority to execute contracts and other legal documents.

Contracts signed by unauthorized faculty or staff are not binding to the university and supplier invoices may not be honored. Additionally, an individual making the commitment may be held personally responsible.

If you have a question regarding signature authority, please call Purchasing at 355-0357.