Great universities are a testament to the noblest aspects of humanity. At their heart is the drive to discover, to understand, and, ultimately, to improve lives. These are Washington University’s most fundamental objectives, and University Advancement is committed to helping facilitate and champion their pursuit.

University Advancement inspires the international WashU community to further the university’s mission to educate, conduct research, provide patient care, and perform service to society. We also help advance WashU’s highest strategic priorities, such as further elevating our academic distinction, enhancing educational access for students, and strengthening our investment in the St. Louis region.

Alumni, parents, and friends—along with corporations, foundations, and other organizations—are our partners in executing this important charge. We cultivate meaningful, lifelong relationships with and among members of this diverse constituency, whom we consider Washington University’s best ambassadors. Our passion is tailoring opportunities for individuals and families who want to help build a strong future for the university.

Like other global research universities, ours could not enjoy its current success without the many contributions of our alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and generous benefactors. My colleagues and I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with and alongside you as we continue advancing Washington University—and growing its impact on St. Louis, our nation, and the world.


Pamella Henson
Executive Vice Chancellor, University Advancement