University Advancement is more than just a department within Washington University. We are a talented, knowledgeable team dedicated to strengthening the university and its worldwide network of alumni and friends.

Our passion for WashU and its mission drives us to pursue excellence in everything we do. Through our work and shared values, we aspire to be leaders in fostering a culture of involvement and philanthropy.

Our purpose

To inspire the global WashU community to engage in advancing our university mission.

Our principles


We inspire our stakeholders by communicating our university’s mission and work—excellence in research, academics, patient care, access, and impact in St. Louis and beyond.


We seek real connections with alumni, friends, and donors by meeting them where they are and inviting them to join us in our efforts in ways that are meaningful to them.


We strive to work together every day to advance the university’s mission and to make real progress that benefits our students, alumni, donors, friends, and the global community.


“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.”

Pamella Henson, Executive Vice Chancellor, University Advancement