Strategic Planning

Alumni and Advancement

Aspiration Statement

Wright State University will be known and admired as a high-value and impactful university. Our alumni, students, and community are passionate about The Wright State Experience and mission. We will support the mission through renewed and stronger engagement, transformational gifts, and advocacy. 

Marketplace Ideas

Alumni Legacy Scholarship for every child of a Wright State alumnus


  • Builds on the existing Wright State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Legacy Scholarship
    • Supports students who are the immediate family members (spouse, child, legal dependent, stepchild or grandchild) of a Wright State Graduate and has been a Gold Member within the last three years, or a life Gold Member of the WSUAA
  • Every incoming and continuing student of a Wright State University alumnus will receive a scholarship


  • Creates a pipeline for a legacy of Raiders
  • Though our tuition remains among the lowest in the state, many students still struggle to meet the financial burden of attending college
  • Develops and fosters a stronger relationship between alumni and the university
  • Shows future grads that a degree from WSU is not just a personal benefit but also an investment for the future of children and grandchildren
  • Recruitment tool for the university as a whole, but in particular the colleges as they can use this to recruit new and transfer students
    • With over 100,000 alumni, having a scholarship program for all children of alumni, this could be a factor when a student is selecting a university


  • Increases enrollment by attracting future generations of Raider alumni
  • Creates multi-generational connections, Raider Families, that could be leveraged for additional university support in the future
  • Boosts alumni pride in Wright State, and teaches them the value of philanthropy


Dining Commons + Kitchen + Farm + Food Curriculum

Diagram of potential campus location for a buildingDescription:

  • 24/7 inviting, engaging, unique
  • The place where all students want to hang out
  • Conveniently connects campus residential and commuting students
  • Student managed kitchen, garden, and farm
  • Locally sourced, sustainable, healthy menus
  • Not just another cafeteria 


  • Overcome lack of engagement among students
  • Address perceptions of Wright State’s unexciting campus life
  • Floor plans for potential buildingEnhance curriculum competitive advantages


  • Connect, motivate, and engage commuter students and residential students:
    • to strengthen peer support network
    • to build life-long friendships that increase alumni loyalty to Wright State
  • Recruit new students with unique facilities and academic offerings
    • Hands-on practical learning (e.g., ReyRey Café)
    • Healthy, sustainable lifestyle, a priority for many prospective students
    • Expand and enhance Lake Campus programs in Dayton area:
      • B.T.A.S. Food Systems Management Concentration
    • Increase enrollment in relevant Dayton courses:
      • Nutrition, Dietetics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, CoLA Food and Culture, Language
    • Provide 2+2 bachelor’s program for Sinclair’s Culinary Arts program


The Wright Mentor Program


  • Every incoming student receives a mentor
    • Targeted toward incoming first-generation freshman students but available to everyone
  • Students receive advice and tips from mentors on overcoming challenges, getting involved on campus, important life skills, career readiness etc.
  • Mentors follow their student(s) from enrollment through graduation and until their first job post-grad
  • Mentors can be alumni, faculty, staff, or members of the community
  • Mentors receive training, given a profile, and matched with incoming student
    • Matching process determined by mentor and mentee characteristics (major, career interests/goals, first-generation, academic challenges, etc.)
  • Program evaluated to measure impact
    • Software system to track students from enrollment through graduation to measure participation, satisfaction, retention, job placement etc.
  • Incentives can be offered to mentors and mentees to participate


  • Address challenges related to recruitment, retention, engagement, and job placement of Wright State students
  • Develops a stronger relationship between alumni, faculty, staff, students, the community, and the institution


  • Creates a sense of connection to the university for the both the mentor and mentee
    • Engage alumni – Creates a pipeline of students to alumni who then give back to Wright State through mentorship
  • Improves retention, graduation, and job placement rates
  • Increases recruitment and enrollment
    • Wright State will become known in the region for it’s support and dedication to student success and students will be more likely to attend
  • Provides emotional support for academic and non-academic challenges


The Wright State Village 

Photo of a retirement communityDescription:

  • Build a Wright State University-based Retirement Community
  • Living for retirees, alumni and local community (age 55+)
  • Single homes/condos with possibility for expansion to larger family homes/assisted living
  • Built on campus property within wooded area (200+ acres)
  • Residents share university amenities (dining, gym, pool, library)
  • Residents take classes, join orgs, be part of university community
  • Residents pay mortgage or rent, similar in comparison to senior living facilities


  • Similar communities exist at other universities, including Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth, and Antioch College in Yellow Springs, bringing in big revenue and strengthening town-gown relationships
  • Enhance opportunities for community building and community partnerships

Photo of a retirement communityOutcomes:

  • Sustainable revenue stream for university
    • College enrollment numbers, a major source of income for the college and the community surrounding it, are far from consistent (especially as tuition continues to rise, regardless of any other factors involved). Retirees have money, pay taxes and spend locally
  • Building a new/better community
    • Retirees contribute as volunteers/workers on campus
    • Retirees add to the diversity of campus and the community
  • Development potential: Raiders for Eternity
    • Retirees will live (and die) on campus, utilize planned giving efforts, anatomical gift program, utilize campus cemetery


Wright State University Welcome Center


  • First stop for prospective students, parents, alumni, donors, visitors
  • Exhibits would attract public worldwide and educate them on Wright State and how we connect to the world
  • Combine museum quality exhibit gallery with public outreach and event space through the various external facing departments
  • Positive, dynamic, and customer friendly front door for the university


  • Special Collections and Archives is home to world class collections and attracts high profile visitors from around the world
  • Archives has strong ties to alumni and retirees through various outreach programs, in addition to countless community orgs
  • Easy access with a physical street address for GPS directions, plentiful free and open parking
  • Adding external facing offices like enrollment management and alumni relations makes this a welcoming place to visit whether you planned to learn more about Wright State or not
  • Set in the right venue, the site would offer a starting point for a visit to the Special Collections, tour of campus, attending a meeting or event, attending a job interview, or interviewing our students for internships


  • Investing in a “front door” for the university will pay dividends in:
    • Enrollment – in addition to prospective students and parents, we will be educating our visitors on Wright State and raising awareness in the community
    • Donors – National research shows having an “alumni center” or “welcome center” to receive potential donors increases engagement, makes them feel welcome, and ultimately leads more and greater gifts
    • Community Outreach – Having a place where community groups can meet and hold events while inadvertently learning about the university helps raise awareness about all we have to offer and be proud of
  • Statistics from Special Collections and Archives, the former Rockafield Alumni Center, and national research support this return on investment and impact on the above outcomes



Greg Scharer, M.S.W.

Office of Alumni Relations
Executive Director
Wright State Foundation Bldg, 2nd Floor, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435

Monica M. Snow

Communications & Marketing
Marketing Strategist
University Hall 220, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Melissa Jia Gie Tan

Graduate Student
Student college:
Raj Soin College of Business
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