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Five Leaders from the Volunteer State of Tennessee Earned their NIGP-CPP!

Sep. 24, 2020

September 23, 2020

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement is honored to announce that an additional 62 public procurement professionals attained their NIGP Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP) by successfully completing the competency-based qualifications set forth by the NIGP Certification Commission. 

During the pilot and August testing periods, a total of 118 leaders earned their NIGP-CPP including the following 5 leaders from the Volunteer State of Tennessee:

  • Lori Bryant NIGP-CPP, Clarksville TN
  • Angela Lay NIGP-CPP, Nashville TN
  • Terry McKee NIGP-CPP, Knoxville TN
  • Leslie Mitchell NIGP-CPP, Franklin TN
  • Penny Owens NIGP-CPP, Knoxville TN


The NIGP-CPP is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies. It is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. It is the only certification that integrates with NIGP’s Pathways program featuring competency development within 33 learning modules.  And it is the only competency-based certification that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

Congratulations to these pioneering leaders!