Traveling on University Business? Look for Changes in Travel Policy
Traveline was selected as the single source travel provider through a competitive bid process administered by a cross-divisional university selection committee. According to Matt Fajack, executive director of financial affairs at Kent State, the committee felt Traveline offered the best combination of hands-on service coupled with the latest in travel technology.
“With almost 50 years in business and a history of working with universities, corporations and individuals, Traveline seemed like the best fit for Kent State’s travel management program,” says Fajack. “They currently have a full-service office on the campus of Youngstown State University and also provide travel service to Case Western Reserve University and Mount Union College.”
At Kent State, Traveline will operate under the name “KSU Travel Services,” offering the following:
Although the policy does not formally take effect until September, the Kent State travel office and Web site are operational, and reservations for university travel may be made through either venue.
The on-campus office is located in Room 189 Michael Schwartz Center on the Kent Campus. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can contact the staff at 330-672-7300 or email@example.com. You can also visit the online booking system Web site, on which travelers can create a profile indicating special meal requirements, seat preferences, phone numbers, airline mileage programs, medical considerations and other specific information.
The use of a single-source provider is expected to lower travel costs for the university. Dr. David Creamer, vice president for administration, says that “as all state-sponsored institutions struggle with reduced funding, it is vital that the university create and manage a single source purchasing program for travel. This will allow us to monitor travel data, as well as negotiate volume-based discounts with travel suppliers, including airlines, car rental firms and hotels.”Training sessions on how to use KSU Travel Services will be offered to faculty and staff, and information on the sessions will be distributed later this summer. For more information, contact Larry McWilliams at 330-672-9196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.