Office of Advancement

The advancement team staff is available to assist you in whatever ways you wish to support Oglethorpe University. If you are unsure of whom to connect with, contact us, and we will be happy to direct you to the appropriate person.

Note: All mailed gifts and correspondence should be addressed to Oglethorpe University, Office of Advancement, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Vice President of Advancement

Sarah Emerson, Vice President of Advancement

Sarah Emerson
Vice President of Advancement
[email protected]

Sarah Emerson is the Vice President of Advancement at Oglethorpe University. She most recently served as Executive Director for Foundation Relations at Georgia State University where she has managed a portfolio of principal-gift level foundations and presidential relationships, serving as the lead fundraiser on more than $25M in philanthropic gifts since 2022. She previously held the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Corporate & Foundation Relations position at Georgia State after three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as Director of Foundation Relations and five years at the University of Georgia as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She is active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.


The development team members support donors who are interested in making a major gift or pledge to the university or a specific department or program, planning for estate gifts, or establishing an endowed scholarship or named fund.

Engagement and Stewardship

Alumni Engagement and Giving

The alumni engagement team members can assist with questions related to the Alumni Association, alumni events and reunions, senior class giving, mail and email solicitations, or volunteering.

Advancement Operations

The advancement operations team can assist donors with giving history, matching gifts, stock or wire transfers, credit card gifts, pledge reminders, tribute gifts, tax receipts, or updates to university records related to deaths or changes of address. They also manage prospect research and data tracking.