The Advancement team is responsible for research, grant writing, and community relations, which also include family and private foundation funding for tuition assistance, faculty professional development, capital projects, programmatic support, and other projects as needed. Many named endowed scholarships and programs have been established. Annual events that are funded through endowments include the E. E. Ford Fellowships, the McEvoy Sabbatical program, the James F. Thacher Lecture Series, and the Bodie Brizendine Visiting Scholar Program.