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Office of Institutional Advancement Mission Statement

The mission of the Institutional Advancement Team at the University of West Alabama (UWA) is to provide leadership, expertise, support, and implementation in the areas of fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, public relations, communications and marketing. In accordance with our University‚Äôs mission, the Institutional Advancement team is committed to finding the appropriate resources to help UWA meet the state's educational needs, particularly in the West Alabama region.

Meet the Staff

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Chris Thomason, CFRE

Vice President of Institutional Advancement



Lynda Harwell

Foundation Accounting Specialist




Jenny C. Miller

Annual Giving Coordinator



Kathleen Upchurch

Operations Manager



Office of Alumni Affairs


Danielle Buckalew Hailey

Director of Alumni Affairs

Alumni Scholarships




Office of Development


Chris Theriot, CFRE

Director of Development

Planned Giving, Estate Gifts, Endowments, Academics, Corporate/Foundation Relations




Amanda P. McRae

Development Officer

Major Giving, Special Projects



Office of Marketing & Communications

Robby Johnson, APR

Director of Marketing & Communications



Office of Public Relations

Betsy Compton

Director of Public Relations