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Division of Institutional Advancement Mission Statement

The mission of Institutional Advancement 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’s mission, Institutional Advancement 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 for Institutional Advancement




Lynda Harwell

Foundation Accounting Specialist



Kathleen Upchurch

Operations Manager




Office of Alumni Affairs


Katie Beard

Director of Alumni Affairs

Alumni Scholarships



Office of Development


Chris Theriot, CFRE

Director of Grants and Resource Development Liaison

Division of Institutional Advancement and Office of Sponsored Programs & Research




Amanda P. McRae

Development Officer

UWA Foundation Scholarships, Major Giving, Special Projects




Office of Marketing & Communications

Jenny C. Miller

Marketing & Communications Coordinator



Caleb Walters

Web Content Specialist


Office of Public Relations

Betsy Compton

Director of Public Relations