Vice Chancellor for University Development
David S. Routh
David S. Routh is the University’s senior development officer and oversees the Office of University Development staff, which works closely with campus fund-raising offices and affiliated foundations that support schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and other units. Routh also is chief executive of the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Inc., a nonprofit corporation that receives gifts on behalf of the University, its schools and units.
Routh is a veteran corporate executive with extensive connections to philanthropy on campus as a staff member and volunteer. He served as managing director for U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, N.C., and before taking the vice chancellors post in October 2013 spent 17 years of his career serving individuals, families and their charitable interests, including colleges and universities, private foundations and charitable trusts.
He previously served as Carolina’s director of gift planning in the Office of University Development from 2006 to 2009 during the Carolina First Campaign, which raised a record $2.38 billion over eight years. He has been vice chair of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors and chair of its Capital Campaign Planning Committee. He is a past board member and committee chair for the UNC Parents Council. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Routh is a 1982 UNC graduate, earning Phi Beta Kappa honors with bachelor’s degrees in economics and religious studies.
Routh has served on the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Board of Directors, including its finance committee. He is a former member of the Board of Advisors of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, which houses the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a statewide leadership development program. A former president of the North Carolina Planned Giving Council, Routh has provided leadership to several non-profit boards, including the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Routh resides in Chapel Hill with his wife, Jenny, also a Carolina graduate. They have three grown daughters—Elizabeth Routh Jalazo, Anna Routh Barzin and Sallie—all Tar Heel alumni.
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development
Cynthia Butler oversees annual giving, gift planning, major gifts and stewardship. She also serves as a key liaison with development officers in schools and units across campus.
Butler, who joined the development office in May 2014, came to Carolina from the University of Florida, where she served in various key development and leadership roles for 13 years. Before UF, Butler worked at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications. She and her husband, Jack, have three children and three grandchildren.
Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development Operations
Dave Kass is responsible for operations within University Development. This includes information services, gift processing, prospect services, human resources, finance and facilities management.
Kass graduated from Bentley College in 1986 with a B.S. in management and a concentration in computer science. His start within the industry began in 1990 at Business Systems Resources (now ellucian), where his customers included Ball State, Texas Tech, Florida, Duke, Michigan and Central Florida. He relocated from New England to North Carolina in 1996 after accepting a position within the Alumni and Development Systems Office at Duke University. He joined Carolina in October 2008 and lives in Durham with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Talent Management
Mark Meares works to create meaningful and successful collaborations between the University and corporations and foundations.
He graduated from UNC in 1978 with a B.A. in English. For the next 16 years, he worked at Village Companies in Chapel Hill, N.C., in various capacities: as sales manager and publisher of “The Village Advocate,” as general manager of Village Printing, as publisher of “The Leader Magazine,” and as general manager and executive vice president of “The Village Advocate,” Village Printing and the “Triangle Pointer” magazine. He then joined the Hudson Belk department store chain as marketing director in 1995 and was promoted to vice president in 1996. Meares has served on the boards of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation.
Meares joined the University Development staff in April 1998 as associate director of corporate and foundation relations and became director of corporate and foundation relations for academic affairs in 2001. In 2009, he assumed the position of director for corporate and foundation relations and talent management.
Senior Director of Principal Gifts
Peggy Dean Glenn
Peggy Dean Glenn is senior director of principal gifts at UNC. In this capacity, she works with alumni, parents, friends and other individuals with the capacity to make gifts of $5 million or more. She was previously associate dean for external affairs at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for seven-and-a-half years. Prior to her arrival at UNC, Peggy was associate dean for external affairs at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. For many years, she was president of a New York-based consulting firm serving such clients as The Aspen Institute, The Nature Conservancy and the United Nations Association. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Capital Campaigns for Historic Churches and Synagogues and is a frequent speaker at events across the country.
Senior Director of Development Communications
Kim Elenez oversees the creation and implementation of communications strategies that will contribute to effective development work, and, in particular, a successful comprehensive campaign. She works directly with development leadership across the university to generate its case for support, create a campaign communications plan and provide a portfolio of campaign materials for use across campus. Elenez also works with development leaders in the schools and units to define and craft individualized messages appropriate for each constituency. She further serves as the development liaison with the Office of Communications and Public Affairs to ensure coordination of messaging and content.
A native of Virginia and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Elenez came to the Office of University Development in July 2015. Before UNC, she served as group publisher of D Magazine Partners in Dallas. She brings more than 16 years experience in marketing, brand management and strategy for brands across a spectrum of categories that include financial, technology, luxury, fashion, retail travel, nonprofit and more. She and her husband, Jerome, live in Raleigh, N.C., with their daughter.
Senior Director of University Events
Laura Hayes Morgan
Laura Hayes Morgan is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic events program, including events sponsored by the Chancellor and University Development, that contributes to Carolina’s reputation for excellence.
Morgan has produced events since 1985 when she joined the team for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and Operation Sail in 1986 in New York. She later worked for Celebrations International and the U.S. Committee for UNICEF on fund-raising events and special projects. As vice president, event marketing at Lehman Brothers, she managed a group that planned events around the world. At Reuters, she established the corporate events group and led successful events in Europe and Asia for both Reuters and Instinet. Following her move to North Carolina in 2000, Morgan worked as a consultant to corporations and the U.S. government, managing projects in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She joined UNC in September 2003. She is a member of the Council of Protocol Executives (COPE).
Morgan is a graduate of Connecticut College. She and her family live in Chapel Hill, N.C.