PRINCIPAL GIFTS

The mission of The Office of Principal Gifts is to create, foster and enhance relationships with alumni and donors beyond (or living/working/residing outside of) Houston. We identify those whose personal missions and passions align with the Cougar spirit, and we work with them as they decide how they want to commit to the University of Houston’s future. We help them stay connected to the university by demonstrating to them how their generosity makes a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and community as we prepare the next generation of leaders.
The Office of Principal Gifts is responsible for the Regional Travel Program at University of Houston. Our team travels the country to share news of the university in order to build and maintain relationships with donors interested in giving back at the highest levels to the areas about which they are most passionate.

Wayne Smith

Associate Vice President, Principal Gifts

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, visits with constituents throughout the nation, and collaborates with University colleges/units to secure gifts at the $2.5 million level and higher.
Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from James Madison University.

(713) 743-8197 | Wlsmith3@uh.edu

Regions:

  • Texas (Austin)
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • Washington, DC
  • Wyoming

Beth Harrington

Chief Development Officer, Principal Gifts

Beth Harrington joined the University of Houston in June 2013, as senior director of advancement and soon thereafter as executive director for advancement for principal gifts before becoming chief development officer for principal gifts. Harrington has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and development. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she held various fundraising roles at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vanderbilt University, the University of San Diego and Rice University.
At the University of Houston, Harrington oversees the regional travel program, visits with constituents throughout the nation, and collaborates with University colleges/units to secure gifts at the $2.5 million level and higher.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University and a master of arts in communications from Western Kentucky University.

(713) 743-8999 | ekharrington2@uh.edu

Regions:

  • Texas (Dallas)
  • Louisiana
  • California
  • Washington
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
Danielle Morin

Danielle Morin

Executive Administrative Assistant

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 project manager to ensure smooth operations of the departmentShe 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, 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 teamPrior to that she worked in different sectors including transportation, healthcare and human resources as an executive assistant.  
Danielle earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and communication from The University of Texas at San Antonio.   

(713) 743-8281 | ddmorin@uh.edu