Simpler e-mail system being implemented by University

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton recently announced that a standard University e-mail address for faculty, staff and students became available July 1.

Over the course of this past year, a task force led by Shirley Baker, vice chancellor for information technology and dean of University Libraries, and Jan Weller, assistant vice chancellor for network and library technology, has researched the possibility of implementing a standard University electronic-mail address for faculty, staff and students.

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More updates will be coming as warranted, but in the meantime, a set of frequently asked questions and answers regarding this transition can be accessed on the Web at

“This address builds on the strong e-mail systems developed by our schools and can be implemented without disrupting e-mail service,” Wrighton said in announcing the change. “This is not a transition to a single e-mail system; nothing about the way you currently send or receive e-mail will change. It is a transition to a comprehensive e-mail addressing convention that, for mail-routing purposes, establishes a standard approach to name selection in conjunction with the ‘’ address.”

Among the advantages to using this system are:

  • the continued promotion of the University as Washington University in St. Louis;
  • the provision of a single, central electronic address book; and
  • the opportunity for people external to the University, and those internal, to more easily contact members of the University community.

The process started taking shape about two years ago, when Student Union presented Weller with a resolution calling for improved e-mail use on the WUSTL computer network. Most of the improvements the resolution called for, including the simpler e-mail address, are being addressed by this project.