Blasingame announces alumni & development promotions

William S. Stoll has been named associate vice chancellor for development, and Pamella A. Henson and Jonathan F. Schwartz have been promoted to assistant vice chancellors. The promotions were announced by David T. Blasingame, executive vice chancellor for alumni & development programs.

As associate vice chancellor for development, Stoll will lead the major gifts and capital projects team. He succeeds James D. Thompson, who has accepted a position as senior vice president and chief advancement officer at the University of Rochester.

“Bill has been an integral part of the development of our major gifts team and has earned this promotion with his ability to make friends for the University and with his outstanding contributions to the progress of our major gifts and regional initiatives,” Blasingame said.

Stoll joined Washington University’s alumni and development team in 1993 as regional director of development. Four years later, he was named director of regional development programs, then as senior director of regional development programs. Most recently he served as executive director of regional development programs and as assistant vice chancellor. He came to St. Louis after working in Washington, D.C., first at American University and then at the National Academy of Sciences. He began his career at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Stoll also holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Washington University.

Henson has been promoted to assistant vice chancellor for alumni and development programs. She will supervise alumni and development programs for the Hilltop schools and report to Blasingame in that capacity. In addition, she will serve as chief deputy to Richard J. Luze, interim associate vice chancellor and director of the national councils. In this role she will assist with annual giving, alumni relations, parent programs, alumni and parents admission programs, international alumni and development programs, and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service.

“Pam has done an excellent job for Washington University during her tenure, and we are fortunate to have someone with her experience and accomplishments to step into these responsibilities,” Blasingame noted.

Before graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in communications, she began her development career, first at the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Mich., then for the United Way of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., and also for the University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif. Henson joined the Washington University staff in 1993 as regional director of development and associate director of major gifts. Three years later, she was named director of capital projects. When the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center opened in 2000, she was appointed its executive director of development. She will continue to lead Siteman’s development activities until a successor is named.

Schwartz also has been promoted to assistant vice chancellor. He will serve as Stoll’s chief deputy in the department of major gifts and capital projects.

“Jonathan has done an outstanding job since he joined Washington University and has played a key role in the success of our department. His excellent strategic thinking and organizational skills have been great assets,” added Blasingame.

Schwartz has been with the University since 2001 when he joined alumni & development programs as director of capital projects. Earlier this year he was appointed senior director of capital projects. He entered the higher education development profession in 1992, spending the next nine years in a variety of positions at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to that, Schwartz was a teaching assistant in cinema studies at the University of Southern California (USC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and has conducted doctoral work in cinema at USC.