The Office of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships' focus is donor-centric, mindful of what the donors and the school's constituents want to accomplish with their money. The staff recognizes the importance of donors' intentions and facilitates the necessary interactions to support the school and Rutgers.
The priorities of the executive dean include an endowment for research and education; endowment of the executive dean position; international programs; food, nutrition, and health; Rutgers Gardens; and the Coastal Resources Center (an addition to the Marine and Coastal Sciences Building).
Collectively, the academic departments' priorities are for graduate student support to recruit and retain students. These goals include fellowships, vanity awards, and travel awards.
The university's fundraising priorities include the Honors College and Rutgers Future Scholars, a program to prepare academically ambitious high school students from less-advantaged communities for college. Our new Chancellor–New Brunswick also brings a fundraising focus on endowed chairs, a direction we enthusiastically endorse.
The school collaborates with the university's Department of External Affairs, which is responsible for advocating on the university's behalf with elected and other government policymakers across New Jersey and in Washington, D.C.
The Office of State Government Affairs performs a variety of important functions on behalf of the school, including notifying the Executive Leadership Team of various bills introduced in the state legislature and seeking advice from research or policy perspectives. The Office of Federal Relations, located in Washington, collaborates with the school to represent the University's policy and funding interests to national policymakers. Local and county governments are engaged on behalf of the school through their relationship with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.