Buying and Paying at Temple University is a seamless process spanning the 'procurement to pay' cycle. Our Accounts Payable team ensures all payments and reimbursements processed by the department are done accurately, timely, and in compliance with university, federal and state rules and regulations.

What is Accounts Payable?

Accounts Payable is an integral part of Temple University Controller’s Office.  As a full-service center, the department is responsible for issuing all non-payroll disbursements in accordance with the university, federal, and state rules and regulations. Our objective is to provide the highest level of customer services to faculty, staff, students, and external customers. 

The accuracy and completeness of Temple University’s financial statements are dependent on the accounts payable process. A "well-run" accounts payable process will include:

  • Timely processing of accurate and legitimate vendor invoices
  • Accurate recording in the appropriate general ledger accounts
  • The accrual of obligations and expenses that have not yet been completely processed.

Departments are required to submit all invoices, credit memos and statements received by the vendor to Accounts Payable timely so Accounts Payable can process in the correct period and fiscal year. If the order requires a receiver, the receiver must be entered within 48 hours of when the goods have been received.  Receivers are entered in TUmarketplace under the Purchase Order.

Temple's purchasing department procures goods and services for our university community customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Wherever possible, Purchasing endeavors to add value to the procurement process by negotiating with vendors, consolidating purchases to attain volume discounts and by identifying and choosing alternative, qualified suppliers. 

Commitment to Service

Accounts Payable is committed to process all proper invoices within five business days of receipt, or when goods and services are received. Our commitment to customer service includes a personal response to all inquiries within 72 hours. 

The Paying Process: Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable @ TASB: 2450 West Hunting Park Avenue, Room 1-108

Phone: 7-2048 or 215-926-2048 Fax: 7-2046 or 215-926-2046

Philadelphia, PA 19129

Theresa C. Cook, Director, Accounts Payable

tericook@temple.edu

Lydia Perez, Assistant Director

lydia.perez@temple.edu

Carmen Corsino, Supervisor Control Operations

carmen.corsino@temple.edu

Lamaas Lattimore-El, Supervisor Payment Processing

lattimoreel@temple.edu

The Buying Process: Purchasing

Purchasing @ Main Campus: 1938 Liacouras Walk, 3rd Floor

Phone: 1-6700 or 215-204-6700 Fax: 7-2022 or 215-926-2022

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Alvin Cooley, Senior Director

alvin.cooley@temple.edu

Donna Schweibenz, Director

donna.schweibenz@temple.edu

Steps to buying and paying life cycle
Life Cycle of Buying to Paying at Temple University