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ORU Begins New Service Relationships with Sodexo and Pitney Bowes

Oral Roberts University has selected Sodexo to become the official facilities management provider for the campus and Pitney Bowes to become the official mail and copy service provider. The two organizations will take over these services on November 1. These service relationships are anticipated to result in a cost savings of approximately $1.2 million annually to the university.

"We are excited about these new service relationships with Sodexo and Pitney Bowes," said Dr. Mark Rutland, president of ORU. "These agreements will enable us to maintain the ORU campus with excellence for our students and make our mail and copy services highly efficient while keeping the university on the road to economic vitality."

"Not only will Sodexo be bringing facilities expertise to ORU, but we are also committed to enhancing the overall student experience on campus by making sure that we are environmentally sound, service driven and provide continuous improvement," said Randy Settimio, President of Sodexo Education Facilities Solutions.

These service relationships will immediately deepen and broaden our abilities to maximize facilities, mail and copy services for the university. Some of the specific benefits of these relationships include program and infrastructure upgrades and technology-based facilities management and customer service programs.

These new service relationships with Sodexo and Pitney Bowes will also strengthen staff skill levels and provide enhanced opportunities for professional growth and development. Some of the benefits to the campus mail services staff include training and development programs for upward and lateral mobility and job opportunities within the two organizations.

The areas affected by these new service relationships include the campus post office, mail center, copy services, document preparation services, GC mailroom, housekeeping, facility services, cross campus, buildings and grounds, plant operations, ORU maintenance, Mabee Center maintenance and housekeeping, and Aerobic Center maintenance and housekeeping.

While ORU's employment of individuals in these areas will terminate, Sodexo and Pitney Bowes will be looking to ORU's current operations staff in these areas as the primary resource for filling positions it will have available to perform these services. In addition to these new service agreements, the in-house print services will end on December 8. The majority of the work typically done by print services will be handled by copy services and the remainder of the work will be outsourced. These combined initiatives will impact 124 positions in the transition. These initiatives are a major step toward achieving strategic objectives of promoting efficiency on the campus while meeting the projected needs of the university.

Sodexo, Inc.

Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.sodexofoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Pitney Bowes Inc. is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Its 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6.3 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.