External Relations

The work of External Relations entails a consolidation of the responsibilities of University Advancement and the work of External Affairs.

This is a growing trend in higher education – a broadening base of relationships emphasizes the need to have a more coordinated effort with all of the university’s external constituents.

The Vice President for External Relations is Dr. Joe Watkins.

“For over a century, Point Loma Nazarene University has been blessed by God with great friends who have prayed, given, and labored to secure the future of the university. I am looking forward to working with them and the university leadership team to secure the next 100 years of the university.” - Dr. Joe Watkins, Vice President of External Relations

The offices Dr. Watkins oversees include:

Alumni Relations

There are more than 36,000 PLNU alumni worldwide. They are making a difference with your balanced and forward-thinking approach to the complex issues facing the world today. They are serving, innovating, and leading in so many areas. 

Development & Estate Planning

The world needs people who can ask tough questions, consider multiple points of views, and offer faithful responses to issues. The Office of University Advancement is finding ways to support smart, passionate, motivated students who will do just that.

Marketing & Creative Services

Marketing and Creative Services (MCS) is responsible for helping the university tell its story to prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, media, donors, and the community.


Point Loma Nazarene University has a total student population of around 3,000. The Office of Admissions is creating relationships with those prospective students.

Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs is PLNU's liaison with our neighbors and government representatives at all levels.