Associate Vice Chancellor, UNC Corporate and Foundation Relations and Talent Management
Mark Meares is the associate vice chancellor of corporate and foundation relations and talent management at UNC-Chapel Hill. He heads the University’s corporate and foundation fundraising efforts and has been a key strategic partner in the Innovate Carolina effort from the beginning. Meares graduated from Carolina in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in English. For the next 16 years, he worked at Village Companies in Chapel Hill, N.C., in various capacities: as sales manager and publisher of The Village Advocate, as general manager of Village Printing, as publisher of The Leader Magazine, and as general manager and executive vice president of The Village Advocate, Village Printing and the Triangle Pointer magazine.
Meares then joined the Hudson Belk department store chain as marketing director in 1995 and was promoted to vice president in 1996. He has served on the boards of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. Meares joined the University advancement staff in 1998 as associate director of corporate and foundation relations and became director of corporate and foundation relations for academic affairs in 2001. In 2009, he assumed the position of associate vice chancellor of corporate and foundation relations and development talent management.