ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
Wayne Smith joined the University of Houston in June 2014, as associate vice president for advancement in the office of principal gifts. He held advancement positions at the University of Virginia for 28 years. His positions at the University of Virginia included senior director of principal relationship development, associate dean for development of the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation, executive director of athletics capital campaign, director of regional programs and director of corporate and foundation relations for the school of medicine.
At the University of Houston, Smith oversees the principal gifts program within University Advancement, working collaboratively across university colleges/units to secure gifts at the $2.5 million level and higher. He visits alumni and donors across the nation in Texas, Colorado Arizona, Florida, Washington D.C. and Wyoming.
Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from James Madison University.
Executive Administrative Assisstant
Danielle Morin joined the Office of Principal Gifts in November 2018. In her role as executive assistant, she supports the associate vice president for advancement as well as two chief development officers and a development coordinator to ensure smooth operations of the department. She serves as the primary contact for external offices, manages department finances and travel as well as coordinates all c-suite donor meetings for cultivation and solicitation efforts for the office of Principal Gifts. Danielle also assists with special projects such as the Powerful Voices Speaker Series, and the basketball and football presidential suite donor management.
Before joining the office of Principal Gifts, Danielle served as an executive assistant/development assistant at a local non-profit organization where she provided assistance with event planning to the development team. Prior to that she worked in different sectors including transportation, healthcare and human resources as an executive assistant.
Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and communication from The University of Texas at San Antonio.