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Welcome to University Advancement

The Division of University Advancement furthers Monmouth University’s academic mission by fostering meaningful and lasting relationships that promote advocacy, pride, and philanthropy.

Under the leadership of Vice President Jonathan Meer, the division seeks to continually enhance the value and visibility of Monmouth University among alumni, friends, partners, and philanthropic supporters.

Meer reports directly to the president of Monmouth University and is responsible for the overall management, strategy and direction of University Advancement, which includes defining the strategies and setting the goals and objectives related to comprehensive development initiatives.

Jonathan Meer

Vice President for University Advancement


Shadlyne St. Fleur

Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement


With a broad range of responsibilities, St. Fleur provides executive support services to the vice president, manages the vice president’s calendar, and coordinates messaging on behalf of the vice president.

Lucille Flynn

Associate Vice President for University Advancement


As the division’s chief administrative officer, Flynn ensures that all fiscal and fundraising activities are compliant with the policies and procedures of the university and best practices established by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

She supports the vice president of University Advancement, by guiding, promoting, and maintaining the Divison’s mission, goals, strategies and values.

Meet the Advancement Services Team

Wendy Parsons

Associate Vice President for Development

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With responsibility for identifying and securing leadership gifts to support Monmouth University’s strategic needs, Parsons sets the goals, strategies, and objectives for identifying, engaging, and soliciting principal gift prospects to support the University’s strategic initiatives. She supervises the work of the School-based directors of development, helping to maximize their efforts to generate five, six, and seven-figure gifts in support of the top strategic initiatives.

Parsons also reviews the efforts of the Director of Planned Giving and the Office of Prospect Management and Research.

Meet the Development and Prospect Research Teams

Paul Dement ’17M

Director of Government and Community Relations


As the director of Government and Community Relations, Dement is the primary University liaison with federal, state, and local elected officials as well as government agencies and regional community organizations. He serves as the University’s chief lobbyist and advocate, and as political and policy advisor to campus leadership on government and community issues.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, 180 Turning Lives Around, the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, and the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board. He also serves on the board of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation, where he is a former chair, and is a past-president and a current member of the Rotary Club of Long Branch.

Amanda Klaus ’09

Executive Director of Alumni Relations and University Engagement


Amanda Klaus Headshot

Klaus sets the goals, strategies, and objectives for engaging alumni and friends through events, mass communications, and personal interactions, to increase advocacy and financial support for the University. She is responsible for the Annual Fund, which includes telephone campaigns, direct mail, e-appeals, and web-based appeals to support specific projects and unrestricted funds.

She also works closely with the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors to develop and support collaborative initiatives designed to engage alumni as advocates and donors.

Meet the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Team

Michael Maiden ’07M ’14M

Executive Director of Advancement Communications


Maiden serves as the hub for all executive level and strategic development-related communications. Under the direction of the vice president for University Advancement, he works collaboratively with the Communications and Marketing team to ensure consistency across branding and messaging for advancement.

He also oversees the Stewardship and Donor Relations team, which supports efforts to acknowledge, retain, and grow donor support through events, communications, and personal interactions.

Meet the Stewardship and Donor Relations Team
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