University Relations Debuts New Name, Moves Offices to Main Street with Financial Services
Wesleyan’s fundraising arm, the Office of University Relations, now has a new name—and a new home.
Effective Aug. 1, University Relations was renamed the Office of Advancement, which reflects the evolution of the team’s work as they refine their focus and prepare for the next campaign, and aligns with industry standards.
“Of course, the staff’s commitment to the Wesleyan community and to engaging alumni, parents, and students in the life of the University remains unchanged,” said Frantz Williams ’99, vice president for advancement. “We’re all excited for this new chapter!”
During the summer the advancement staff relocated to 291 Main Street, the former Middletown Post Office building. Bringing together advancement team members from four campus locations facilitates collaboration and provides an opportunity for increased synergy.
While the Advancement team occupies the first and second floor of the renovated office space, the majority of Wesleyan’s Finance Office tenants the third floor. Financial Services, including payroll, purchasing and procurement, auxiliary operations, accounts payable, financial planning, grants, and the purchasing card office are among the services that relocated to Main Street.
Altogether, roughly 70 employees occupy the building.
“I love our new finance space on the third floor and the connection and reunion with the Financial Services team,” said Olga Bookas, director of purchasing. “I am grateful to be able to work and collaborate with my friends and coworkers. For me, it means a lot to be able to walk to colleagues’ offices and ask a question and get a quick answer.”
Wesleyan hosted an open house at on Sept. 18 for members of the Wesleyan and local communities. A welcome ceremony was led by Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Treasurer Andy Tanaka; Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78; Jennifer Alexander ’88, Hon. ’09, P’15, ’16; Middletown Mayor Dan Drew; and Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. Brandi Hood, senior project planner, was honored for her efforts overseeing the building renovation.
Photos of the open house and the 291 Main Street building are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)