Midwestern Higher Education Compact selects Lenovo to provide hardware products and services to education and governmental entities in 41 states

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 05:04

INDIANAPOLIS, IN; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –October 28, 2015:  Today at EDUCAUSE 2015 the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) announced the selection of Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) for hardware products and services available to colleges, universities, K‐12 districts and schools, cities, states and local governments in 41 states extending competitive pricing.

“Our products enable students, faculty, and administrators to be productive and efficient in their tasks and with this agreement our extended user base will be able to enjoy the benefits of new PC form factors and award-winning technology products that Lenovo is now able to bring to them,” said Jason Mooneyham, vice president, Public Sector, Lenovo.
MHEC technology initiatives are guided by Midwestern chief information officers, technical experts, and IT procurement professionals.

“The MHEC Technologies Committee is pleased to complete its computing portfolio by awarding a contract to Lenovo,” said Ken Ries, chief information officer for Pine Technical and Community College in Minnesota and co-chair of the MHEC Computing Hardware and Related Services RFP Committee. He added, “The competitively bid, flexible agreement simplifies procurement and enables institutions to obtain Lenovo’s branded desktops, laptops, tablet devices, and services at a lower price.”

Through the agreement, member states’ higher education institutions, K-12 districts and schools, cities, states, and local governments can obtain pricing discounts and services on network, server, and storage products, as well as printing and personal computing devices.

One of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, MHEC has negotiated with Lenovo to also extend this contract to the same entities in the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The three compacts combined serve more than 3,000 public and private nonprofit institutions – equating to more than 16 million students.

Lenovo is committed to partnering with institutions of higher learning to build future-ready solutions that expand access and success through smarter technology.

Availability and options
For additional information on the MHEC – Lenovo Master Price Agreement, including a detailed list of states and purchase eligibility, visit: MHEC’s e-commerce website: www.mhectech.org/lenovo. Visit www.lenovo/mhectech for Lenovo MHEC pricing for hardware and services.

Lenovo and MHEC will each have an exhibitor booth during EDUCAUSE 2015 on October 28-29, in Indianapolis, in Indianapolis. Attendees may find more information at booths #924 (Lenovo) and #220 (MHEC).

About the Midwestern Higher Education Compact
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Join MHEC on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@mhec12), or learn more at www.mhec.org or the e-commerce site at www.mhectech.org.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join Lenovo on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo), or learn more at www.lenovo.com. 

About the Southern Regional Education Board
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. SREB states currently participate in SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement, and SREB is working closely with SARA to expand reciprocity nationwide. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

About the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. WICHE’s members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the first of the U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states to participate).

Media Contact
Mary Roberson
MHEC Director of Communications and Marketing
612.677.2765 or 612.805.3396; maryr@mhec.org