UNCP’s Alison DeCinti named assistant vice chancellor of Advancement


Alison DeCinti has been named assistant vice chancellor for Advancement at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

DeCinti will provide vision, planning, and day-to-day management for staff in the areas of alumni relations, development, stewardship, and prospect research.

Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor of Advancement, made the announcement this week.

"Alison’s commitment to UNC Pembroke is evident in her role as a member of the Advancement team for over nine years," Lowery said.  Her broad range of experience within the fundraising operation adds value to our team as we continue to mature as an operation and prepare for continued growth in philanthropic support. I am eager to work with her in this capacity and look forward to a prosperous future as we change lives through education."

DeCinti has worked for UNC Pembroke for nine years, most recently serving as interim assistant vice chancellor for Development. In her position, DeCinti works closely with Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Lowery to coordinate and execute philanthropic opportunities, major gifts, including oversight for documentation, and stewardship of planned gifts. 

DeCinti has more than 10 years of fundraising experience, including non-profit, major, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations.

"I thoroughly enjoy forging relationships with alumni and friends by telling UNC Pembroke’s story," DeCinti said.  "Philanthropy is an extremely rewarding career. I get to help change the lives of students through education, every single day." 

"UNC Pembroke is the economic heart of our region and without it the impact would be far reaching," DeCinti added. "I wake up every day with a spring in my step and smile on my face, knowing I’m making a positive influence; one hand shake and one dollar at a time."

DeCinti worked her way up through Advancement having worn every fundraising hat. Before assuming the interim position she was the director of Development for three years, assistant director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and assistant director of Major and Planned Gifts. She recently graduated from the Leadership North Carolina Class XXII program, which seeks to engage informed and committed leaders by advancing their leadership qualities and broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing the state. Before coming to UNC Pembroke, DeCinti served as executive director of Exploration Station children's museum.

She is married to Mike DeCinti, who previously taught in the Mass Communication Department at UNC Pembroke. He is the operations manager for Lumberton Drug Company.  They have one daughter, Noel.

UNC Pembroke is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. For more information contact Joanna Warner, interim executive director of University Communications and Marketing via email (joanna.warner@uncp.edu) or by phone (910.775.4587). Connect with UNC Pembroke online at uncp.edu or on social media to learn how the university is changing lives through education.