The people of Washington University drive this institution and enable it to thrive. They include faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends, and—first and foremost—our incredible students.

From building community to stewarding philanthropy, everything we do in University Advancement harks back to empowering WashU students. Our most important charge is to help the university fulfill its mission of making a WashU education accessible to the most qualified individuals and of providing them with a best-in-class experience.

Recently, the university has taken bold steps toward realizing this vision. In October 2021, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin announced Gateway to Success, which established a need-blind undergraduate admissions policy. This was both a culminating and pivotal step, bringing long-range plans for increased equity and inclusion to new heights.

A year later, the university unveiled its strategic plan, “Here and Next,” which serves as a community-driven roadmap for our next decade. Upholding people at its center, the plan’s first major action was to launch Make Way: Our Student Initiative. With this fundraising initiative, the university will provide unparalleled student support. By removing financial barriers, we will gain the privilege of educating the world’s brightest students and watching them transform society with their knowledge and skills. Guided by Chancellor Martin’s exceptional leadership, we are setting our sights higher than ever as we write Washington University’s next chapter. Investment from our supporters will make all the difference, just as it has helped us reach where we are today. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to further opportunities for partnership as we undertake this exciting journey.


Pamella Henson
Executive Vice Chancellor, University Advancement