University Development and Alumni Engagement

University Development and Alumni Engagement is the external relations arm of the University which includes Alumni Services, Annual Giving, Advancement Operations, Donor Engagement and Stewardship, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Athletic Development, as well as fundraising for college units, MOCA and OneJax. Our mission is to engage UNF alumni and friends with every aspect of the University.

UDAE is responsible for University-wide efforts in fundraising. 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