Contracts & Designated Signers

Niagara University Contract Signing Procedure and Authority

Any contract entered into by Niagara University, regardless of the financial amount or conditions involved, must be executed pursuant to this policy.   Contracts not signed in accordance with this policy shall be subject to revocation.    

Prior to signing, all contracts must be reviewed by the university's General Counsel, or the Assistant General Counsel, and then signed by one of the following officers of the university: the President, the Executive Vice President, the Vice President for Administration, or those employees with the delegated authority to do so (as listed below):  

Standing delegations of signing authority from the President:

  • The Provost, Dr. Timothy Downs, may sign academic articulation agreements.
  • The Vice President for Advancement, Dr. David Cristantello, may sign contracts involving $100,000 or less.
  • The Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Dr. Kevin Hearn, may sign entertainment contracts involving $50,000.00 or less.
  • The Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Cathy Anderson, may sign contracts involving $5,000.00 or less.
  • The Dean of Students, Carrie McLaughlin, may sign contracts involving $50,000.00 or less.
  • The Director of Business Services, Christy Ferguson, may sign contracts involving $100,000.00 or less.
  • The Director of Facilities, Daniel Guariglia, may sign contracts involving $100,000.00 or less;
  • The Assistant Director of Facilities, William Duquin, may sign change orders on facilities' contracts when the amount of the change is less than $10,000.00.
  • The Director and Curator of the Castellani Art Museum, Kate Koperski, may sign contracts as provided by the Museum's Collections Management Policy, including contracts for accession, de-accession, and the loan of works either to or from the Museum.
  • The Director of the Theatre, Steve Braddock, may sign contracts pertaining to theatrical performances involving $10,000.00 or less and with a duration of no more than one year.  
  • The Director of Athletics, Simon Gray, may sign contracts arranging athletic games.
  • The Director of Campus Activities, Mati Ortiz, may sign contracts related to campus events and entertainment, and off-campus student events, involving $10,000.00 or less and with a duration of no more than one year.
  • The Director of Human Resources, Donna Mostiller, may sign letters of hire, termination and other matters relating to individual employment.
  • The Director of Ontario Programs, Tom Donovan, may sign certifications and other documentation related to the Ontario Student Assistance Program.

Contract Review Steps

  1. Procurement Policy: A well-written RFP or RFI makes contract review faster, so before you identify a contract, follow the NU Procurement Policy (at for contracts in excess of $2,500.00, or if the terms of a grant require certain bidding procedures. Feel free to contact the GC office, Business Services, or OSPR with any questions about that.
  2. Requesting review: please send a scanned copy of the contract to, and let us know your deadline for review, and any questions you may have about the contract. Please include your RFP or RFI if applicable.
  3. Review: Review will be generated by the GC, Stephanie (Cole) Adams, or Assistant GC, Ryan Thompson, and shared with the designated signer who will be making the business decision about whether or not to finalize the contract.
  4. Final signatures: Typically, it is the responsibility of the primary contact person to finalize signatures; please let us know if you require assistance with that. When you have a fully-signed contract, please send a scan and the original to We will upload it to the Contracts Database on myNU so you can always locate a copy.
  5. Compliance: Individual departments and signing officers are responsibile for compliance (paying invoices on time, addressing inadequate service, warranty enforcement, etc), but please feel free to contact the GC office with any questions or concerns about your contract. Many times, the sooner we are consulted, the more time and resources we can save for NU.
  6. Insurance: Some contracts require proof of insurance. When insurance is required by NU, your contract is not considered finalized by the University until a copy of the certificate of insurance is on file with Business Services and uploaded onto the Contracts Database. When insurance is required by an outside entity, please consult Business Services as soon as possible to ensure you get a timely copy of the necessary paperwork.
  7. Contracts database: A copy of your fully-signed contract will be on the Contracts Database (on myNU under "Contracts"). This tool tracks expiration dates, exclusivity clauses, and insurance documents. Please feel free to contact the GC for training on or to suggest improvements to the system.