The Division of Advancement coordinates the external affairs for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and leads the efforts to secure philanthropic resources that will enhance the mission of the school.
Advancement brings together the offices of Alumni and Community Engagement, Communications and Marketing, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, and Government Relations into a team whose primary purposes include building enduring relationships with its constituents and generating diverse resources that facilitate the school's academic, research, and public service excellence through the integration of communications; alumni, community, and government relations; and development. These efforts are supported by the school's bylaws, which provide for a Faculty Diversity, Communication, and Philanthropy Committee to assist in establishing priorities for philanthropy and development. Working together, the Division of Advancement raises the profile of the school, promotes its outstanding reputation, and reaches its strategic goals.
Among the 10 universities that have agricultural colleges within the Big Ten, the majority of advancement or development offices include both fundraising efforts and alumni affairs. However, the advancement model is new to Rutgers University and is the result of a decision two years ago by the executive dean to strategically realign several functions at the school in order to better serve its constituencies and secure resources for the school. The Division of Advancement supports both the school and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.