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University Advancement Staff

The mission of University Advancement is to build and maintain a donor base that will make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, and staff today and for the future.  This enables the university to fulfill its educational mission by augmenting current budgets and building on the university's endowments.


Derek van der Merwe

Vice President for Advancement, Communication and Stategic Initiatives


 Kristopher Phillips

Executive Director for the Office of University Advancement


 Vonda St. Amant
Asst. Executive Director

Kimberly Scott 
Director of Donor Relations
and Scholarships

Alaric Klinghard
Director of Corporate Relations


Rylan Kean 
Director of Annual Giving






Monica Wirts

Director of Advancement Services

Larry Wheeler

Functional Support Specialist

Lisa Parker

Office Supervisor


Advancement Specialist



Advancement Specialist