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Read  about a few of our faculty and staff donors who are making a difference through their daily work and gifts to Carolina. Our employee donors give to multiple areas of campus to support students, fellow colleagues, programs on campus and much more. We are grateful for our faculty and staff donors and all they do to keep UNC great.


Tina Coyne-Smith

Director of Development and Prospect Management, Arts and Sciences Foundation

Employee since: 1996

Areas of support: Arts and Sciences Annual Fund, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Fun Fact: “My children and I LOVE Halloween, I mean really love it! No Halloween is complete without several UNC-themed jack-lanterns. My older son is very proud to say that his Tar Heel pumpkin was tweeted out to Arts and Sciences alumni with a Happy Halloween message two years ago!”

“I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had here and my support shows how much I value it. I want to give back to the place that has given so much to me and my family. I have the benefit of seeing firsthand how my small gift combined with so many others creates a really pretty significant fund that our dean can use to invest in students, faculty and areas of greatest strategic opportunity and need.”


Joan Danaher

Associate Director of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Employee since: 1979

Area of support: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Fun Fact: “I grew up a native Texan. At about age eight I read the name “The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” in the Appendix of Colleges and Universities in the United States in my mother’s dictionary. I recall that it sounded like a mythical and wonderful place!”

“My Carolina experience changed my life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to earn a Ph.D. here and to pursue a career here. To this day, I tear up when I walk past the Davie Poplar and think of my good fortune.”


Wesley C. “Butch” Fowler, Jr.

Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs, Professor, UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Employee since: 1973

Area of support: Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund, Chancellor’s University Unrestricted Fund, Friends of the Health Sciences Library, Education Foundation, UNC Medical Alumni Faculty Scholarship

Fun Fact: “I am a gardener, play with photography, have an electric train, have a wood fired pizza oven in the back yard with a covered pavilion, and I collect Italian wines.”

“Carolina gave me a great education (rare in my family) during undergraduate (math), medical school and my residency medical training. Why would one not give back to a place that gave them the opportunity to be where they are?”


S. Elizabeth Gibson

Burton Craige Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Employee since: 1983

Area of support: Law Foundation Unrestricted

Fun Fact: “Growing up, I always imagined that I would be a teacher of whatever grade I had just completed. I guess I thought I had mastered that curriculum. It turned out to be true when I became a teacher of my last “grade” – law school!”

“I give because I believe in the University’s mission and have seen up-close the impact it has on our students, the state, and the world. I want to do as much as I can to support that mission.”


Carolyn B. Joine

Administrative Support Specialist, Family Medicine

Employee since: 1984

Area of support: Family Medicine Student Gift Fund

Fun Fact: “I am a native North Carolinian from Bryson City, NC and grew up on a small farm in the Smoky Mountains. The youngest of 9 children, I am the only one who was able to go to college. I graduated from Appalachian State in 1984. This is why I am so passionate about giving something back.”

“I feel very passionate about our mission to provide the State of North Carolina and the country with well-trained primary care physicians, and to support UNC medical students who have chosen Family Medicine as their career specialty. I am so proud of UNC and I’m trying to do my part to help make sure that UNC is here for future generations.”

kramer-givingLloyd Kramer

Professor, Department of History, Faculty Director, Program in the Humanities and Human Values

Employee since: 1986

Area of support: Friends of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Fund for the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, College of Arts and Sciences

Fun Fact: I have traveled with Carolina Study Abroad Students to an ancient Roman aqueduct near Provence (the Pont du Gard); I have visited Omaha Beach with a Carolina tour of Normandy; and I have tasted fine, red wines in Bordeaux with members of the UNC General Alumni Association. It is therefore a well-known fact that nothing could be finer than to be with Carolina—in France!”

“All of the units that I support within the College of Arts and Sciences help to make our University community a vital center for learning and scholarship, but they are all actively helping Carolina faculty to serve the people of North Carolina.”


Larry Marks and Caryn Hertz

Physician, LM Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation

Employee since: 2008

Physician, CH Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Employee since: 2013

Area of support: WUNC-FM Radio, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Fun Fact: “We were both chemical engineers in a prior life and met in engineering school.”

“There is a great culture of caring at UNC Hospital, with so many dedicated faculty and staff. This seems especially true at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center where everyone is ready to go the extra mile for the patients. Cancer is a vicious disease that touches so many people’s lives, and it is nice to be able to support the work of the LCCC aiming to improve outcomes for patients with cancer.”


John McGowan

Professor, English and Comparative Literature Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Employee since: 1992

Area of support: The Graduate School, Erika Lindermann Dissertation Fund, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Fun Fact: “I am a Tarwheel, as well as a Tar Heel, heading out on Saturday mornings for 60-mile group bicycle rides.”

“I believe passionately in Carolina’s mission and love the dedicated people who give their all every day to accomplish that mission. Carolina is its people—and I want to honor all the faculty, graduate students, and undergrads who make this place great.”


Richard E. Myers II

Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC Law School

Employee since: 2004

Area of support: Law Foundation Unrestricted Fund

Fun Fact: “I lost two national championship games as a member of the ultimate Frisbee team as an undergraduate but my intramural team has won the UNC championship the last four years in a row.”

“The Chancellor’s Scholarship I received made it possible for me to graduate with a low debt load. I was able to enter public service as a federal prosecutor, and to return to my alma mater to teach. I give back to Carolina Law as a way to pay it forward.”


Brent Senior

Nathaniel and Sheila Harris Professor and Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, UNC Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Employee since: 1999

Area of support: UNC Health Foundation

Fun Fact: “My family and I have travelled there annually for 19 years to teach and operate in several of the large medical centers, always leaving Carolina hats, shirts, and cups behind. The Vietnamese love Carolina as much as I do!”

“I may not be a Tar Heel born, nor a Tar Heel bred, however, serving the people of North Carolina by working on the faculty here for 17 years, I have come to appreciate all that Carolina stands for. I love being able to contribute in order to make it an even greater place than it already is!”


Brad Wilson

Director of Development, Family Medicine

Employee since: 2002

Area of support: UNC Family Medicine, UNC Department of Public Policy

Fun Fact: “I grew up in Watauga County. The general practitioner physician that cared for my mother, delivered me and my brother and then cared for us until his retirement was trained at UNC, as was the pediatrician that cared for us afterwards.”

“As an alumnus of UNC, I support the Department of Public Policy. They did a great job of preparing me to work with non-profits in the environmental and health fields. I support UNC Family Medicine because of the mission. As a native North Carolinian, I am very aware of just how many of our communities, especially rural and underserved, do not have access to high quality primary care.”