To support and advance the collective activities of public institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois as a means to improve management.




To encourage, promote, plan, develop, support, and provide increasing cooperation, coordination, and sharing between and among public institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois, in the utilization of their resources, facilities, and personnel, in order to strengthen, enrich, and improve the cost efficiency of their functions, activities, and operations.




Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Procurement and Business Services at Governors State University, Tracy Sullivan, shares years of experience in recent interview covering GSU leaders.

Congratulations, Tracy!



About Us

The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative, “IPHEC” is a cooperative organization comprised of all thirteen public institutions of higher education. IPHEC members include University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Illinois State University, Chicago State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. Formed to advance the collective activities of the state’s public institutions primarily in the cooperative or group purchasing arena. Additionally, IPHEC serves to provide a common and collaborative voice on a wide variety of issues impacting the state universities including legislation, administrative rules, administrative policy and collaborative interaction with the states ethical oversight. IPHEC currently provides over one hundred award opportunities available to the state’s public higher education institutions, community colleges and the Illinois Math & Science Academy.

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