As University Advancement, we champion Washington University’s highest priorities by inspiring and engaging alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and organizational leaders in our region and around the globe.

Pamella Henson

From the Executive Vice Chancellor

“We need to have as dynamic a relationship as possible with our alumni, parents, and friends because they are our very best ambassadors and advocates.”

Pamella Henson, Executive Vice Chancellor of University Advancement

Our purpose

We are a diverse staff of individuals whose unique contributions support a common mission. Our purpose is to secure financial and human resources to assist Washington University in fulfilling its mission of teaching, research, and community service. 

We advance the university’s mission through fundraising and other programs that promote awareness, understanding, involvement, commitment, and advocacy on the part of our constituents. 

We strive to treat the university’s alumni, friends, students, and our colleagues with respect and dignity, creating an environment that encourages trust and teamwork. 

We are motivated by the belief that improving the human condition through the advancement and transmission of knowledge is a just cause, worthy of our commitment.


Our values

How we conduct our work matters. We hold ourselves to the highest standards as we aim to elevate Washington University and its impact on our world.


Corporate and Foundation Relations

We work with foundation and industry partners to advance education and research.