Institutional Advancement

The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to promote the overall growth of the University and enhance the institution’s standing in the broader community. To accomplish this, Institutional Advancement maintains divisions devoted to development, alumni relations, private/public grants, foundation/corporate relations, and communications.

The Office of Advancement secures funding from foundations, government sources, and private donors, raising nearly $40 million to support University operations, programs, projects, and student scholarships in the last five years.

The Alumni Relations program promotes alumni giving, programming, volunteering and engagement with current students and alumni.

Sandra Ward
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
  • Phone860-727-6974
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Jade Stoltz
Director of Development
  • Phone860-727-6976
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Heidi Carlson
Senior Foundation Officer
  • Phone860-727-6747
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Kristen Foster
Alumni and Events Coordinator
  • Phone860-727-6947
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Kristin Brisbon
Director of Grants
  • Phone860-913-6792
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Amy Rodriguez
Grants Officer
  • Phone860-727-6950
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Derek Santiago
Grants Officer
  • Phone860-727-6759
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Melissa Tremblay
Grants and Foundation Associate
  • Phone860-727-6751
  • Email