As Washington University in St. Louis prepares for the conclusion of its $2.5-billion capital campaign, Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University, the university will broaden its organizational leadership in the areas of alumni relations and development with two key appointments, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
Pamella A. Henson, currently associate vice chancellor for alumni and development programs, will be promoted to vice chancellor for alumni and development programs; and William S. Stoll, currently associate vice chancellor for development, will be promoted to vice chancellor for development. Both positions are newly created and the appointments became effective July 1.
“Pam Henson and Bill Stoll are two of the university’s brightest stars,” Wrighton said. “Their many contributions — both as individuals and, together, as key leaders in our alumni and development organization — have been exceptional. These promotions are not only well-deserved recognition of their efforts, but also will position our alumni and development programs to maximize the opportunities afforded by the Leading Together campaign and utilize these resources to support the university’s highest priorities.”
Henson and Stoll will continue to report to David T. Blasingame, executive vice chancellor for alumni and development, who joined the university in 1974 and has led alumni and development programs since 1990, overseeing Leading Together and its predecessor, The Campaign for Washington University. In addition to their current duties, in their new roles, Henson now will oversee development staff responsible for the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, the university’s national council structure, and development communications; and Stoll will assume responsibility for the Office of Planned Giving.
“Alumni and friends have contributed nearly $2.3 billion to Washington University during the Leading Together campaign. Our goal is to continue the university’s success through the end of the campaign in June 2018 and beyond,” Blasingame said. “Pam Henson and Bill Stoll are effective and experienced leaders. In their new roles, they will be empowered to represent the university at a higher level and to build on the fundraising success achieved so far. I am grateful to them for their leadership. I look forward to working with them, our volunteers, and our colleagues both in alumni and development and throughout the campus to help the university realize its potential in the years ahead.”
Publicly announced in 2012, Leading Together was initially launched with a minimum goal of $2.2 billion. In December 2015, the campaign total was expected to reach that amount two years ahead of schedule, inspiring the Board of Trustees to vote to raise the goal to $2.5 billion by its completion in June 2018.
Henson is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She began her development career at the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Mich., and worked in other development-related positions, including at the University of Redlands, before joining the Washington University staff in 1993 as regional director of development. Three years later, she was named director of capital projects. When the Siteman Cancer Center opened in 2000, she was appointed its executive director of development. She was promoted to her current position in 2006.
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 senior director of regional development programs. He also served as executive director of regional development programs and as assistant vice chancellor before being promoted to his current position in 2005. 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, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in liberal arts from Washington University.