Chris Davis relishes his new role welcoming alumni and friends to the UNC Pembroke family. The Fayetteville native knows about family; he has 11 brothers and sisters.
Davis, who comes to UNCP from The Ohio State University where he was a development coordinator, is the assistant director in the Office of Development for the annual fund and donor relations. He will coordinate the annual phone-a-thon, Faculty and Staff Campaign, direct mail appeals and steward donors at special events.
“I am looking forward to getting out to meet people in the UNCP community,” Davis said. “I want UNCP’s donors, alumni and friends to experience the spirit of a great university. My goal is to put the university into the forefront of higher education in the region and in the state.”
Davis started work in the Office of Advancement on April 1 and reports to Alison DeCinti, director of Development.
“I am thrilled Chris is joining the Advancement team,” DeCinti said. “His past experiences and fundraising background will help enhance our annual fund and donor relations program. He is the perfect candidate for this position and will be a true asset to our division.”
A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Davis earned a degree in parks and recreation management with a minor in business. At NC Central he worked as a student assistant in athletic marketing. At NC State University, where he earned a master’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management, he interned with the Wolfpack Club, working in annual giving and marketing for the booster club.
“I had great experiences as a student, and there were good people to mentor me,” Davis said. “I hope to bring all that I’ve learned at great universities like Ohio State and NC State to Pembroke.”
At OSU and Samford University before that, Davis worked in a broad range of development and marketing activities. He provided game-day experiences for donors at football and basketball games and led development activities for individual sports. He was part of an annual giving team at OSU that raised $11.5 million in 2013. He also worked special events and community outreach programs.
“I want the people who come to UNCP to have a great experience and be a bigger part of the Braves family,” Davis said. “I hope to make an impact at a growing and vibrant university.”
Davis said it’s “good to be home.” As a high school football player, he was well aware of UNCP, its football program and staff. “UNCP was all over Cumberland County and many of my friends came here,” he said. “I am no stranger to Pembroke.”