The rich history of Washington
University parallels the overall story of the St. Louis region's
growth, for the two have become inextricably linked in the last
century and a half. As St. Louis moves forward, Washington University
benefits; when Washington University succeeds, so does St. Louis.
This report, presented with
gratitude to the St. Louis community, highlights some of our connections
with our community.
The Importance of Our Local Ties
Washington University has
been nurtured by St. Louis for more than 150 years. As we have grown and evolved
into an international institution, our local ties have remained
Since our founding, most of
the leadership of the Board of Trustees, including every chairman
of the Board, has been local. Much supportboth moral and financialcomes
from St. Louis individuals and corporations who want a first-rank
institution of higher education in their community.
Washington University benefits
from public policies that recognize the value of higher education.
For instance, the tax-free status afforded us by the state of Missouri,
St. Louis County, and the cities of St. Louis, Clayton, and University
City is essential. The state also supports an educational program
in engineering for which we share responsibility with the University
of Missouri-St. Louis.
We also benefit from our association
with many St. Louis corporations. Research programs carried out
with Monsanto have been national models. Our students intern at
local corporations, which also employ many of our graduates. The
School of Medicine prospers because of our affiliation with Barnes-Jewish
Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital, both members of BJC
HealthCare. Time and again the University and our people call on
the many excellent firms in St. Louis for legal, architectural,
medical, accounting, banking, printing, and other services.
In addition, the people of Washington
University in St. Louislike the rest of the communitybenefit
immeasurably from the community's many excellent institutions, including
Forest Park, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Central
Institute for the Deaf, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Missouri
Botanical Garden, Fox Theatre, Missouri History Museum, and Saint
A Commitment to St. Louis
Washington University in
St. Louis is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and
service to our home community. As an active and contributing member
in St. Louis, we:
- Support student, faculty,
and staff community services that result in thousands of hours
annually dedicated to the St. Louis region.
- Help St. Louisans achieve
healthy lives through access to world-class medical care.
- Assist in solving community
challenges through programs such as legal clinics, the Center
for Social Development, and art in the neighborhood.
- Partner with local school
districts to provide work-study students, tutors, student teachers,
- Provide stimulating lifelong
learning experiences and cultural activities for St. Louisans.
- Attract financial resources
to the area for research, cultural enrichment, voluntary programs,
patient care, and technology transfer.
- Foster the growing entrepreneurial
spirit of St. Louis' business and technology communities.
- Employ more than 13,000 people.
- Have an economic impact on
St. Louis of $2.2 billion.
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