University Development and Alumni Engagement

University Development and Alumni Engagement is the external relations arm of the University which includes alumni, fundraising and public relations. Our mission is to engage UNF alumni and friends with every aspect of the University.

UDAE is responsible for University-wide efforts in fund raising. As Florida's public universities move from the status of "State supported" to "State assisted," development staff seek to increase the number of alumni and friends, corporations, foundations and organizations providing support for the institution's wide range of educational, cultural and athletic programs.

In addition, UDAE handles the day-to-day operations of the UNF Foundation including gift receipting, gift acknowledgment, donor records and Foundation board member recruitment, orientation and volunteer committee assignments. Internal control practices, accounting and disbursement of funds is the responsibility of Foundation Accounting which is part of the Division of Administration and Finance.


“Alumni and friends of the University of North Florida continue to play an increasingly important role making dreams come true for students who are seeking a college education. They are our future and UNF is proud to be shaping the leaders of our community, state and nation through the private resources made available from generous individuals, corporations and foundations.”

Joshua Merchant
Vice President of University Development and Alumni Engagement and Executive Director, UNF Foundation